Understanding Prop. 61 — California’s Most Expensive Ballot Initiative
KPCC offers a look at the what, how and who of the measure aimed at curbing high drug prices.
Proposition 61 Gives California Mandate To Lower Drug Prices, Not Tools
California buys a lot of drugs. Medi-Cal pays for low-income residents, the Department of Corrections provides them to inmates, and CalPERS gives them to state employees and their families. Proponents of Proposition 61 think those agencies can band together to force prices lower, and the measure is very specific about how low: It would prohibit the state from paying any more for a drug than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (Bradford, 10/24)