Local and state lawmakers meet to address rising costs of prescription drugs

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Local and state lawmakers met to address the rising cost of prescription drugs.

Leaders wanted to hear from people in the insurance industry and local clinics.

It was for a round-table discussion at Crusader in Rockford.

Legislators also wanted to raise awareness that open enrollment is going on for the Affordable Care Act that runs through mid December.

The “lower drug costs now” act will be brought to the House of Representatives.

The law would address bringing down the cost of some prescriptions.

It would also force pharmaceutical companies to explain why they’re raising prices.

“It’s really unconscionable that some of these pharmaceutical companies are gouging patients, are raising their rates unfairly,” said Ill. 17th District Representative Cheri Bustos (D). “And not doing it in a way that ties their research and what it costs to research and the price that patients are having to pay.”

If the legislation passes the house it would then go to the senate.

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