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Lower prescription drug costs

It’s time to lower prescription drug costs in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program is paying billions more than it should for prescription drugs, due to the growing influence of pharmacy benefit managers. Designed to save Medicaid dollars, PBMs have seen their payments from the commonwealth increase by more than $1 billion in only four years to $2.84 billion. These exorbitant profits are increasing prescription drug costs at community pharmacies for countless Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania law lacks any real transparency to ensure PBMs are treating pharmacies and their patients fairly. In fact, a report from the state Auditor General found that PBMs are keeping hundreds of millions of dollars through what is called “spread pricing.” Current Pennsylvania law doesn’t prohibit spread pricing, which is the difference between what an insurer pays and what is reimbursed to the pharmacies.

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To better serve our communities and drive down the costs of prescription drugs, a package of bills in both the House and Senate have been introduced. Please join our coalition — Your Pennsylvania Community Pharmacies — in supporting and advocating for Pennsylvania House Bills 941, 942, 943, 944 and 945, and in the Senate with bills 825, 829 and 789.

Learn more about these bills, and contact your state legislators here: papharmacists.com/page/ActionCenter.

Tell your legislators to support this package of bills because it will lower prescription drug costs and ultimately save lives.

Patricia Epple

PA Pharmacists Association

Didn’t vote? Can’t complain

I am sick and tired of hearing about Councilman Brian O’Neill’s lack of response to the warehouse intended for construction at 1 Red Lion Road. We all had an opportunity to vote Brian O’Neill out of office this past November.

Out of registered voters in Philadelphia, only 30% came out. How sad and what a disgrace to our country, as it’s so divided.

We need term limits in our judicial system at all levels, including the Supreme Court.

Judy Moore had an opportunity to take him out of his lush office, but now he is starting his 11th consecutive term.

Philadelphia voters get what they deserve. We need registered voters to come out and vote on Election Day.

Stacie Ruehling


Schedule a Santa visit

Sometimes, the long lines, the crowds, the noise and the bright lights can make a trip to the mall difficult for a child with special needs to visit with Santa Claus.

If you have a child with special needs who cannot get to the mall to visit with Santa Claus, please contact me. I will be happy to arrange for Santa Claus to visit with your child in your home.

I can be reached at 215-674-3755.

State Rep. Thomas Murt

152nd Legislative District

Good job, Helena, Blaise

I would like to take this time to thank the staff of state Rep. Ed Neilson’s office on Old Ashton Road for their kind assistance in helping me to resolve a government matter.

Thanks, Helena and Blaise.

Laura Voyenski

Holme Circle

Show the whole show

I have tried to watch a couple of shows on CBS on Sunday nights. Almost every Sunday, both of these shows are not finished due to a long football game.

I have no problem with the game but to not show the finish of these shows is ridiculous. This has happened more than half of the shows.

They refuse to listen to complaints so I’m writing to you.

If they want to get rid of these shows, just cut them.

Rus Slawter Sr.


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