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Sen. Utke hosting listening session about drug costs

Senate Republicans are seeking citizen feedback about proposals to legalize importing prescription medicines from Canada.

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State Sen. Paul Utke (R-Park Rapids)

State Senators Justin Eichorn and Paul Utke will be part of a Senate Health and Human Services Committee listening session in Bemidji discussing prescription drug costs.

The event is planned for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Bemidji City Hall.

According to a press release from the Senate Republican Caucus, the Senators are responding to concerns about the rising cost of prescription drugs with a series of meetings throughout the state.

Constituents will have an opportunity to tell their stories and learn about options the committee is considering that could give Minnesotans access to more affordable Canadian medicines.

The federal government recently offered two possible pathways for states to obtain cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. Florida, Vermont, Colorado and Maine have already passed importation laws, and several other states are looking at proposals or have introduced bills.

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“Minnesotans across the state continue to struggle with the cost of healthcare and lack of affordable prescription drugs, and are looking at places like Canada and wondering why they see such a disparity in pricing between our nations,” said Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids).

“These listening sessions offer us an opportunity to collect input from local residents and learn from their personal experiences, while also serving as a platform to introduce new ideas that will drive down costs in Minnesota,” said Utke (R-Park Rapids).

The Bemidji meeting will be the third of five listening sessions, followed by stops planned in St. Cloud and New Prague.

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