U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st District, on Wednesday joined South Jersey health care providers, health care recipients and community leaders at the Cherry Hill Free Health Care Clinic to discuss the need for affordable, quality health care and calling on Congress to pass House Resolution 3, the Lower Drugs Costs Now Act.
Norcross’ call to action for more affordable health care comes in conjunction with the beginning of the 2020 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.
“Access to affordable and quality health care is a human right, and no one should be forced to go to the emergency room because they can’t afford their prescription drugs,” said Norcross. “Thankfully, South Jersey physicians and free clinics are helping provide residents struggling to afford health care with the services they deserve, but we must take action now to expand access and lower prescription drug costs for families and seniors.”
“This year, our volunteer doctors and I have seen nearly 1,000 South Jersey patients who have fallen through the cracks of the health care system,” said Dr. Oyeyemi, founder and director of the Cherry Hill Free Clinic. “Through the continued support of Virtua, the Gracious Center of Learning and Enrichment Activities and lawmakers like Congressman Norcross, the Cherry Hill Free Clinic is able to offer vital services to the members of our South Jersey community who are most in need of affordable health care and prescription drugs,” Oyeyemi said.
Evelyn Liebman, AARP NJ Director of Advocacy said that there is no reason for Americans to continue paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world.
“Right now, Americans pay twice as much for their prescription drugs as people in other countries,” said Liebman. “Millions of Americans choose everyday between buying medicine or groceries. Many end up skipping doses of their medication to save money… AARP, on behalf of its nearly 38 million members and all older Americans nationwide, supports the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 and thank Congressman Norcross for leading the fight to pass H.R. 3 and lower prescription drug prices.”