Pharmacists, consumer groups help kill drug bill |

Pharmacists, consumer groups help kill drug bill

DENVER – A proposal touted as a way to help about 500,000 Coloradans get drug discounts was killed by the state House Tuesday in the face of opposition from pharmacists, the AARP and consumer groups.The plan (House Bill 1100) was backed by the unlikely partners of organized labor and drug companies and was based on a program used in Ohio. It would have allowed some uninsured people and families and those over 60 to buy drugs at the same discount the state gets for its employees and retirees.A family of four earning $50,000 a year – 250 percent of the federal poverty level – would have qualified as would a single person earning $24,500 a year and a family of two earning up to $33,000.But pharmacists said they would be forced to shoulder more of the cost than drug manufacturers.

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