Over 1,100 Area Residents Champion Prescription Drug Reform

Athena Godet-Calogeras

Athena Godet-Calogeras presents the signed petitions to Lee James in Congressman Tom Reed’s Olean office.

Members of the Health Care Access Coalition, a local organization dedicated to ensuring health care for all, presented a petition at Congressman Tom Reed’s Olean office today. The petition is in support of H.R.1776, the Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act.

This bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 29, 2017 and has been languishing since.​

Volunteers with the HCAC secured more than 1,100 signatures from citizens in New York Congressional District 23 to urge our representative to vote in favor of H.R.1776. Tracy Mitrano, Democratic Party candidate for congress in the 23rd district, also signed the petition signaling her support of this important legislation.

SBU students (from left to right): Gregory Doane, Viraj Kothari, Deepak Iyer, Shannon Keller) hold a scroll of the petitions delivered to Congressman Tom Reed’s office.

Almost one in five Americans do not have access to affordable healthcare. That’s 20% of the constituents in New York State’s 23rd congressional district. Nearly 38,000 of these people are currently living without any health insurance at all. Raising awareness of the issue of high prescription drug costs and access to pharmaceuticals is critical.

“Our hope is to raise the issue of access to affordable prescription drugs for all Americans but certainly for constituents in our congressional district,” said Athena Godet-Calogeras, chair of the Health Care Access Coalition. “This important legislation affects constituents in Congressman Reed’s district as well as across the country. We want to make sure he signals his support of it.”

Petitions with Signatures

Godet-Calogeras and three other members of the HCAC met in the Olean office with Lee James, Cattaraugus-Allegany Region Director, to present the signatures and to discuss the importance of Congressman Reed’s support of this legislation.

The Health Care Access Coalition has members from across our community including students from St. Bonaventure University. New members are always welcome and may contact the chair through the website:

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