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HJM016.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS - Stating findings of the Legislature and urging Congress to adopt legislation to allow people of the United States and state and local government entities to legally purchase prescription drugs in Canada. 02/10 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/11 Rpt prt - to Health/Wel
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 16 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS 3 ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF 4 IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. 5 We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 6 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh 7 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 8 WHEREAS, the cost of prescription drugs imposes a heavy burden on many 9 Idahoans, particularly people of retirement age on fixed incomes; and 10 WHEREAS, Medicare beneficiaries made up almost 15% of the population in 11 1999, but accounted for about 40% of total United States prescription drug 12 spending; and 13 WHEREAS, legislation passed by the United States Congress does nothing to 14 curb the cost of prescription drugs purchased in the United States; and 15 WHEREAS, the assistance provided in that legislation does not become 16 effective until 2006; and 17 WHEREAS, prescription drugs of comparable quality are available in Canada, 18 often at much less than the cost of the same drugs purchased in the United 19 States; and 20 WHEREAS, the cost of prescription drugs purchased in the United States 21 contributes to increasing costs for health care for public employees which is 22 funded, in part, by state and federal tax dollars; and 23 WHEREAS, the cost for prescription drugs for Idaho Medicaid recipients was 24 $128 million in fiscal year 2003 and is projected at $150.5 million in fiscal 25 year 2005; and 26 WHEREAS, between 1998 and 2000, prices for all prescription drugs rose at 27 more than triple the rate of inflation and brand-name drug prices rose nearly 28 four times as fast as the rate of inflation. 29 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 30 sion of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and 31 the Senate concurring therein, that we urge Congress to pass and approve leg- 32 islation freeing the people of the United States and state and local govern- 33 ment entities to legally purchase prescription drugs in Canada based on a list 34 developed by state boards of pharmacy to assure quality. Further study and 35 investigation should be undertaken to assure that the citizens of the state of 36 Idaho and of the United States have access to prescription drugs at reasonable 37 prices to assure their good health. 38 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa- 39 tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this 40 Memorial to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Repre- 41 sentatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation representing the 42 State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 13858C1 This memorial would ask the U.S. Congress and the President to allow Idaho citizens and government entities to legally acquire lower cost prescription drugs from Canada. It also specifies that such legal purchases would be based on a list of drugs determined by state board of pharmacy to assure quality. FISCAL IMPACT Legalizing the sale of prescription drugs form Canada could potentially save the people of Idaho millions of dollars and could slow the growth of medical costs for state and local government. Contact Name: Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd Rep. Elaine Smith Rep. Wendy Jaquet Rep. Elmer Martinez Rep. Margaret Henbest Rep. Allen Andersen Rep. Mike Mitchell Rep. Donna Boe Rep. George Sayler Rep. Shirley Ringo Sen. Bert Marley Rep. Bonnie Douglas Sen. Edgar Malepeai Rep. David Langhorst Sen. Clint Stennett Rep. Mike Naccarato Sen. Elliot Werk Rep. Anne Pasley-Stuart Sen. Marti Calabretta Rep. Ken Robison Sen. Mike Burkett Rep. Charles Cuddy Number: 332-1000 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HJM 016