April 16, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Increase Flexibility For Consumers In Prescription Drug Market

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), last week introduced the Restoring Access to Medication Act (RAMA). The bipartisan bill reverses 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. 

“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. 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,” said Senator Manchin. “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 healthcare system.”

This change would give consumers more choice in the healthcare system and would provide a more cost-effective method to pay for prescription drugs. RAMA would also allow consumers to have more flexibility with different pre-tax health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter drugs. This bill is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS), Angus King (I-ME) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).