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House adopts bills to limit co-pays, rein in drug manager costs

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There was wide bipartisan agreement in the state House Wednesday that insulin and other lifesaving drugs cost too much. Republicans and Democrats voted for bills to rein in those costs.

Among other things, the bills would limit how much prescription drug managers can charge the businesses they work for. Also. insulin co-pays would be capped at no more than 50 dollars a month under the bills. 

Livonia Democrat State Representative Laurie Pohutsky says, “Countless Michiganders, even those with health insurance, find medical care and prescription drugs out of reach due to excessive out-of-pocket costs. Anything we can do to ease this burden is not only the right thing to do, it is our moral and professional obligation as servants of the people of Michigan.”

The bills now go to the state Senate.