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"Ohio Drug Price Relief Act"

Supporters of the ballot issue say that it will help save money for people buying prescription drugs. Supporters of the ballot issue say that it will help save money for people buying prescription drugs.
Before November comes along, be sure to read up on and know where you stand with issues on the ballot before casting your vote. Before November comes along, be sure to read up on and know where you stand with issues on the ballot before casting your vote.

You probably have seen the advertisements about the ballot issue surrounding prescription drugs - both for and against the issue - but those advertisements might make the issue a little confusing  to understand.  The "Ohio Drug Price Relief Act" would require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher that what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for them.

Supporters of the ballot issue say that it will help save money for people buying prescription drugs.

"In Ohio, if voted yes in November, we will pay the same price as the VA is currently for those drugs - it's about 20 to 24 percent lower on average than we would be paying for drugs, and tax payers in Ohio will save 400 million dollars a year," said Dennis Willard, Communications Director for Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices.

Although - opponents of the ballot issue are saying the exact opposite:

"It sounds good on the surface, that it's going to lower drug prices, but in fact it's going to boomerang, have the opposite effect, and raise drug costs for a majority of Ohioans, and also reduce access to the drugs to some of our most vulnerable people," said Dale Butland, Communications Director for Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue.

"What I want to caution on this is remember when there's savings to the state, those aren't all state dollars - a portion of those are federal dollars, and a portion of those are state dollars - generally, about 40 percent would be state dollars of whatever that number is," said John McCarthy, former Medicaid Director for the State of Ohio.  "It's not like an individual on the Medicaid program is going to see a reduction in their costs."

Before November comes along, be sure to read up on and know where you stand with issues on the ballot before casting your vote.

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