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POSTPONED: CAP Hosts Prescription Drug Pricing Reforms Panel Discussion
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POSTPONED: CAP Hosts Prescription Drug Pricing Reforms Panel Discussion

Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed.

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, January 27, the Center for American Progress will host a panel discussion on policies to halt the rising costs of prescription drugs. Representatives from across the health care field—representing consumers, doctors, and insurers—will participate in the event, and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) will deliver keynote remarks.

Prescription drug prices are too high and rising fast. In 2014, retail prescription drug spending increased more than 12 percent, driving up the overall rate of health care-cost growth. With about half of all Americans—and 90 percent of seniors—taking a prescription drug in any given month, this growing crisis is not sustainable. For months now, public opinion polls have shown that consumers, regardless of their political affiliations, are demanding reforms that lower drug prices. Although medications help millions of patients every year, not all drugs offer the same value. Too often, patients and insurers pay exorbitant prices for their medications, even for products that are no more effective than the cheaper options. In September, the Center for American Progress released a set of integrated reforms that challenged lawmakers and public officials to make halting the rising cost of prescription drugs and paying for medications’ value a priority for the year ahead.

Members of the media can RSVP here.

The event, “Prescription Drug Pricing: Reforms to Pay for Value,” will be live streamed and archived online.


Introductory Remarks:
Topher Spiro, Vice President for Health Policy, Center for American Progress

Featured Keynote:
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Member of Congress, Texas’ 35th District

Featured Panelists:
Dr. Peter B. Bach, Director, Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Steve Miller, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Express Scripts
Dr. Steven D. Pearson, Founder and President, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
Marilyn Tavenner, President and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans
Dr. Debra Whitman, Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP

Moderated by:
Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

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