Explaining the Prescription Drug Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

(By Juliette Cubanski, Tricia Neuman, and Meredith Freed for Kaiser Family Foundation published November 23, 2021)

On November 19, 2021, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which includes a broad package of health, social, and environmental proposals supported by President Biden. The BBBA includes several provisions that would lower prescription drug costs for people with Medicare and private insurance and reduce drug spending by the federal government and private payers. These proposals have taken shape amidst strong bipartisan, public support for the government to address high and rising drug prices. CBO estimates that the drug pricing provisions in the BBBA would reduce the federal deficit by $297 billion over 10 years (2022-2031).  Continue reading here…

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