Jul 10, 2012
After hard work by MS activists and other advocates, the language in the fiscal year 2013 budget has been approved to permit the use of prescription medication pharmaceutical assistance programs and discount coupons in the state. Governor Patrick Deval signed the budget on July 8. Massachusetts will join the 49 other states to permit patient pharmaceutical assistance programs.
This language allows assistance programs for medications with no generic version. This legislation can help patients afford increasing co-pays and co-insurance for specific brand name prescriptions. The high cost of MS drug therapies has made it difficult for many people to access and adhere to their prescribed medications and has also resulted in personal financial hardship.
Congratulations to all of the MS activists and coalition advocates who worked to get this legislation to Governor Patrick! This successful endeavor shows how MS activists are making a difference! We also extend our thanks to the many lawmakers who worked on this legislation including the House and Senate Conference Committee, Senator Michael Rodgrigues, Senator Michel Moore and Representatives Steven Walsh, David Sullivan and Bradley Jones as well as the more than 50 legislative co-sponsors in both the House and the Senate.