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One of the most complex yet important matters we cover at the state and federal levels of government is health care. The health and wellness of all Ohioans is crucial, but the topic encompasses a wide array of stakeholders—the patients themselves, doctors, hospital administrators, pharmacists, drug and medical equipment manufacturers, and more. We must take into consideration the perspectives of all interested parties to ensure health care remains affordable and accessible for everyone.


Recently, the Ohio House took on a “hot button” issue—prescription drug affordability. We passed bipartisan legislation to increase price transparency and uphold a fair payment process for pharmacies and patients. Under current law, pharmacists aren’t obligated to disclose the cash price of a medication if it is less than the payment with insurance.  Due to provisions in the pharmacists' contracts with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), the contract typically includes a gag-order that forbids pharmacists from informing patients of their most cost-effective options, which is clearly a problem for taxpaying Ohioans.


Many understand what it’s like to live day-to-day worrying about where money for the next bill is going to come from, let alone a costly but needed medication for an illness in the family. It’s so important for patients to understand the price of their prescriptions and when and if they can get them less expensively.


In fact, because of these contractual provisions, PBMs are able to “claw-back” the portion of the payment that is greater than the cash price of the drug. With these in place, instead of consumers getting the best price, third-party intermediaries are taking advantage and making a profit. Ohioans deserve transparency and honesty when it comes to their health care.


House Bill 479 truly begins a conversation about prescription drug prices. Should it be signed into law, Ohioans will reap the benefits. Further, I hope it inspires a greater conversation about the costs of medication and what we can do at the state level to lower prices overall for prescription drugs.

 
 
 
  
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Guest Column From State Representative Marlene Anielski: Drug Price Affordability A Top Priority In Ohio House

 
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One of the most complex yet important matters we cover at the state and federal levels of government is health care. The health and wellness of all Ohioans is crucial, but the topic encompasses a wide array of stakeholders—the patients themselves, doctors, hospital administrators, pharmacists, drug and medical equipment manufacturers, and more. We must take into consideration the perspectives of all interested parties to ensure health care remains affordable and accessible for everyone.



 
 

State Representative Anielski Attends Vision Screening Training

 
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State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recently attended a vision screening training program hosted by the Ohio affiliate of Prevent Blindness at Brecksville Broadview Heights High School. Volunteers were trained and certified to conduct standardized preschool vision screenings that help detect early vision problems.



 
 

Guest Column From State Representative Marlene Anielski: Task Forces Seek To Address Ohio's Most Pressing Issues

 

During this winter season, several specialized committees—task forces created by the Speaker of the House—have been meeting across Ohio to address specific policy areas. These task forces focus on Ohio’s most pressing issues, including the heroin and opioid crisis, energy policy, Alzheimer’s and dementia, education and poverty, and BRAC and military affairs. As the committees wrap up their research, I wanted to give you an update on the work they’ve been doing.



 
 

Representative Anielski Sworn In As State Representative Of The 6th House District

 
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State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. She represents the 6th Ohio House District, which includes the south-east portion of Cuyahoga County, for a fourth term.