U.S. Sen. Tina Smith's staff visits Moorhead for "Health Care Cost Listening Tour"

Moorhead, Minnesota (Valley News Live) On Thursday, August 2, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith’s health care and regional staff will be at the Family Service Center of Clay County in Moorhead to discuss the local impact of ever-rising health care costs – including rising prescription drug costs – on families and seniors in the region.

The meeting continues Sen. Smith’s statewide “Health Care Cost Listening Tour” and will include local residents, as well as health experts and care providers in discussions of how to make health care more affordable and accessible in Minnesota and across the country.

Sen. Smith, a member of the Senate Health Committee, has made bringing down health care costs a top priority, saying it’s the top issue she hears about as she travels the state.

Her first bill took aim at a big pharma tactic that keeps affordable generic drugs out of the hands of Minnesota families and seniors. She’s also questioned major pharmaceutical executives who are using billions in tax cut dollars to enrich their investors instead of prioritizing lower prescription drug prices. And she’s introduced legislation to require pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they’re using the billions in tax breaks they’ve received.