Senators Warner and Kaine applaud agreement in Drug Price Negotiation Program

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine applauded the announcement of 10 drug manufacturers who agreed to participate in the Inflation Reduction Act’s Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program.

The act was passed last year to allow Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to negotiate prescription drug prices for the first time in history.

This will help lower costs for millions of Americans.

CMS will now negotiate directly with drug companies and the new prices will begin January 1, 2026.

Then CMS will select 15 new drugs that will be eligible for negotiation in 2027.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated these negotiations will lower Medicare spending by $98.5 billion over 10 years.

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Local representatives torn over SCOTUS decision

State representatives differ in their responses to the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe V. Wade.

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin reminded residents of his pro-life stance.

He announced that he will pursue a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

He claims to support abortion in cases of rape, incest, or if the child bearing parent’s life is at risk.

Senator Mark Warner stressed in his email that the decision’s removal of personal health care sets “back the clock on nearly 50 years of settled and reaffirmed law.”

Senator Warner also believes the decision could leave states the chance to attempt to restrict contraception.

West Virginia already has a law on the books that makes providing abortions a felony with up to 10 years in prison.

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Culpeper Regional Airport receives $2.9 million in funding

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2.9 million in federal funding is coming to the Culpeper Regional Airport.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided the funding.

The act was originally which was negotiated by Warner and strongly supported by Kaine.

The infrastructure law will bring nearly $400 million to Virginia’s airports.

The funds for this project will go towards the final phase of removing an obstruction on a runway.

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VDH receives funding from the CDC

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has allocated $15 million to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

The funds will support Virginia’s public health emergency preparedness.

Senators Warner and Kaine support the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which includes over $7 billion to fund vaccine distribution and administration.

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