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Lawmakers visit Detroit to talk up Inflation Reduction Act, aimed at making prescriptions affordable

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)— State and federal officials visited Detroit Tuesday to talk up a bill they say would reduce medical expenses for low-income Americans.

The Inflation Reduction Act would enable Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and will cap out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries at $2,000 dollars a year.

Dr. Adnan Munkarah is the Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Henry Ford Health. He says high costs for medicine are a barrier for many of his patients.

“Unfortunately, what this means is it’s sometimes a tough decision between buying the drug having to pay for food, to pay for rent or utilities. And this is not right, this is not right to have to face these kind of challenging decisions.”

The bill still needs to pass the House before it becomes law. Democrats say they're hoping to vote on it this week.