Matt Brown on Health Care


Launched RIMeds to let seniors reimport drugs from Canada

Matt heard from senior citizens across Rhode Island that the cost of prescription drugs had gotten so high they could no longer afford their medicine. He met seniors who told him they were cutting their pills in half to make their prescriptions last longer, and one woman from Cranston who couldn't afford the warm clothes she and her husband needed for the winter because of the high cost of their medicine.

So Matt started a website called RIRx and launched RIMeds - a program allowing Rhode Islanders to purchase safe, affordable prescription drugs from Canada where they cost up to 60% less. The Bush administration threatened to send in the FDA to stop him - but Matt didn't back down. To date, people have visited the website over 400,000 times. Now Matt is traveling all over Rhode Island to show seniors how to use the RIMeds program so they can afford the prescription drugs they need to stay healthy.

Source: Campaign website www.MattBrown.org, "Bio" Dec 25, 2005

Lower health costs by watch-dogging big insurance companies

Matt heard from countless small business owners that the spiraling cost of health insurance was forcing them to drop coverage for their employees, lay off workers, and even shut down. While the politicians talked about the problem, Matt formed a community-based task force of health care professionals, small business owners and workers to develop a solution. Working together, the task force proposed the creation of an Insurance Commissioner position to oversee the big insurance companies and serve as a watchdog for small businesses and all Rhode Islanders.

You can imagine that the big insurance companies and their lobbyists fought this with everything they had. But Matt didn't back down - and he won. Today, Rhode Island's Health Insurance Commissioner oversees the insurance companies and works to keep health care costs down for Rhode Islanders.

Source: Campaign website www.MattBrown.org, "Bio" Dec 25, 2005

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