Make Health Care Work Better For America Updates

News Release | OSPIRG | Health Care

Oregon Releases Report on Rising Drug Costs

Oregon's Drug Price Transparency Program has released its first annual report.  The progam found that Oregonians, on average, pay five times the highest international price for prescriptions.  

What’s at Stake for Oregon if the Fifth Circuit Rules Against the ACA?

By | Numi Lee Griffith
High Value Health Care, Advocate

The Fifth Circuit head oral arguments in the Texas v. Azar Lawsuit on July 9, 2019.  Oregon has a lot at stake if the Affordable Care Act is overturned - hundreds of thousands of consumers will face higher premiums or lose insurance outright, and dozens of important cosumer protections could be rolled back.

With 1 in 5 consumers reporting not purchasing medicines because of the price and 1 in 10 skipping or splitting doses against doctor's orders, state lawmakers are taking notice.

News Release | OSPIRG | Health Care

OR Legislature Advances Bill Targeting RX Price Hikes

Oregon's Senate voted unanimously to advance HB 2658 to the Governor's desk, 25-0.  This bill requires pharmaceutical manufactuers to provide 60-days advance notice before implementing substantial price hikes on prescription drugs.  Advance notice gives patients and health benefit companies time to plan around price hikes instead of being blindsided.  A similar policy in California has bee associated with rollbacks of several planned price increases over the summer of 2018.

Consumers Can Now Report Drug Price Increases to the State of Oregon

By | Numi Lee Griffith
High Value Health Care, Advocate

This March, the State of Oregon launched a system that allows consumers to report price increases on their prescription drugs.   OSPIRG encourages consumers to report price increases on their prescriptions to the state whenever possible.

News Release | OSPIRG Foundation | Consumer Tips, Health Care

Prices of common medications can vary by hundreds of dollars

OSPIRG Foundation Researchers surveyed over 250 pharmacies across 11 states regarding cash prices for several common medications.  The report on the findings of this survey found extreme varations in price between different pharmacies.

New Survey Finds Massive Variations in Prescription Drug Prices

By | Numi Lee Griffith
High Value Health Care, Advocate

Oregon's legislature is considering several bills that could bring down the high cost of prescription drugs.  OSPIRG Foundation's recent report, the "Real Price of Medications" exposed vast and illogical price variations between different pharmacies.  Lawmakers should take concrete actions to address this problem, but there are steps consumers can take right now to save money on prescription drugs.

Medical debt is the number one cause of bankruptcy in America. Oregon is working to help people avoid that fate.

Open Enrollment for 2019: What You Need to Know

By | Numi Lee Griffith
High Value Health Care, Advocate

Health care has been a hot topic in Washington again this year, and there has been a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the future. With all of this background noise, it’s more important than ever to get the facts about how you and your family can get coverage that works for you.

OSPIRG Foundation is conducting a statewide survey of consumers about experiences and challenges with the health care system in Oregon.

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