Senator Treat established Maine's 2003 Rx Plus prescription drug program, which reduces the price of pharmaceuticals by as much as half for low- and middle-income Maine residents. This is a transcript from DMI's "Marketplace of Ideas" series, which highlights policymakers who successfully put progressive values into practice. This event features Senator Sharon Treat of Maine. The program uses the buying power of the state's Medicaid program to penalize drug companies that refuse to offer discounts to Rx Plus participants. The law went into effect in 2004 after surviving a legal challenge from the pharmaceutical industry. Nine states, from Hawaii to Michigan have passed legislation similar to Maine's. After serving 14 years in the Maine State Legislature, Sharon Treat became Executive Director of the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices, a nonpartisan organization of state legislators working to reduce prescription drug prices and expand access.