Rx Drug Cost Relief Bill Approved By Senate

A bill that will allow some Coloradans to purchase low-cost prescription drugs is on its way to Gov. Ritter’s desk after being passed in the state senate today.
Senate Bill 1 will create the ColoradoCares Rx program, which will allow residents who earn up to three times the federal poverty level to buy drugs at low, state-negotiated prices. Ritter signed an executive order Wednesday that enables the state to negotiate the lower prices.

Under the bill, a family of four that makes less than $60,000 will be eligible. Individuals making less than about $30,000 will be able to participate. Ritter is expected to sign the bill, which was sponsored by Bob Hagedorn (D-Aurora). A similar bill was vetoed last year by then-Gov. Bill Owens.