People are Skipping Medication Because They Can't Afford It

1 in 10 Americans skipping doses as prescription drug prices rise

A group of Democratic senators this week introduced the Affordable Medications Act, legislation that aims to cut prescription drug prices.

Rising costs are a big issue for patients like Maryanne Perry, who depends on a prescription inhaler for her chronic lung disease (COPD).

"Climbing a flight of stairs, by the time you get up you're literally huffing and puffing and gasping for air," Perry said.

Last summer, Perry lost health insurance coverage and missed a deadline to enroll in Medicare's Part D drug program. She learned her inhaler would jump from a $50 copay to a staggering $1,000 a month.

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