State Update: OAR Strongly OPPOSES Issue 2
posted: September 22, 2017
On November 7th Ohioans will face a ballot question known as Issue 2. This initiative sounds like a commonsense solution to combat high drug pricing, but when put under the microscope this issue could have negative consequences for all Ohioans, including our veterans. The OAR strongly opposes this question and encourages everyone to seriously consider the potential negative impact this statute would have on all of Ohio’s patients.
Issue 2 would require the state and state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, to pay the same or lower prices for prescriptions drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—a department that negotiates drug prices with companies and typically pays 20 to 24 percent less than other agencies for prescription drugs.
A YES vote supports this measure to require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for them.
A NO vote opposes this measure to require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the VA pays for them.
OHIO BALLOT INITIATIVE - ISSUE 2