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Legislative Proposals Tackle High Drug Prices

Rx Drug Prices are Skyrocketing

Prescription drug costs are far outpacing family incomes for Tennesseans, and many people have to choose between food and taking necessary medications.

From 2012 to 2017, the average cost of prescription drugs increased by 58 percent in the state while residents’ incomes went up less than 14 percent.

AARP Tennessee is working through the state legislature to address this. The 2020 session begins Jan. 14, and AARP staff and volunteers will support measures to increase price transparency and reduce the overall cost of medications.

In addition, AARP Tennessee will continue to support proposals that strengthen protections against consumer fraud and the financial exploitation of the state's older residents.

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