Rep. Padma Kuppa Takes On Big Pharma, Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Michiganders

Representative Kuppa helped pass new legislation that will lower prescription drug prices, says she’s working “to ensure people don’t have to choose between meals and medicine.”

Rep. Padma Kuppa Takes On Big Pharma, Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Michiganders

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Earlier this year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bills 4348, 4351, and 4352, legislation designed to lower the costs of prescription drugs for Michiganders.

Representative Padma Kuppa joined with legislators from both parties to pass the bills. The new laws will limit drug costs tacked on by licensing pharmacy benefits managers – middlemen who control whether patients can access their prescriptions and how much they pay.

Rep. Kuppa, who’s currently serving her second term representing Michigan’s 41st house district, says she has made healthcare a top priority.

During her time in office, Rep. Kuppa has introduced and co-sponsored legislation and resolutions “advocating for earned paid sick leave, ensuring health care for those with preexisting conditions, protecting Michigan’s water, promoting polluter accountability, and calling for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act to support senior wellbeing.”

The new prescription drug legislation is Padma’s latest effort to lower prescription drug prices for Michiganders.. She’s also introduced House Bill 5845, part of a legislative legislation that would establish state-level drug affordability review boards and help further rein in prescription costs in the state. And as a member of Whitmer’s Prescription Drug Task Force, she’s working “to ensure people don’t have to choose between meals and medicine.”