It’s hard to miss a 6-foot-high calculator. The giant number cruncher has been making the rounds at AARP events in Chicago and across Illinois, including the state fair. People input their household’s annual out-of-pocket costs for drugs, and the calculator displays the ever-increasing tally.
Chronic conditions accounted for more than two-thirds of all prescriptions in 2018, according to an analysis by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, a health care analytics firm.
Chicago's nonprofit Shriver Center on Poverty Law is joining forces with AARP Illinois to advocate for curbing drug-price increases.
“Prescription drugs are a big factor” when considering affordable health care, said Courtney Hedderman, associate advocacy director for AARP Illinois.
Thanks in part to AARP’s efforts, a law supporting pharmacists’ right to tell patients about cost-effective ways of paying for prescriptions was passed in August and takes effect in January.
To add your annual drug costs to the calculator, email action.aarp.org/AffordableDrugsIL.