April 17, 2019

Bill Aims To Allow More Flexibility For Prescription Drug Spending | The Beckley Register-Herald

The Restoring Access to Medication Act (RAMA), introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, aims to reverse a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that limits the use of funds from pre-tax health accounts (such as health savings accounts and medical saving accounts) towards the purchase of prescription drugs or insulin. 

If passed, RAMA would also allow consumers to have more flexibility with different pre-tax health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter drugs.

“I have always said that the Affordable Care Act is good but far from perfect and Congress must work together to improve our healthcare system,” said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in a release. “This bipartisan bill would allow individuals increased choice and access in the prescription drug market so that they can receive the life-saving medications they need.”

Manchin, a sponsor of the bill, added, “No one should have to choose between groceries and getting the medication they need because drug prices are too high, which is why I introduced this bill to help address this issue. I hope that my colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, will support this bill so that we can make improvements to our health care system.”

This bill is also sponsored by U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Angus King, I-Maine, and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.


By:  Wendy Holdren