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February 26, 2019 | Daily News

Drug company executives who testified Tuesday (Feb. 26) before the Senate Finance Committee expressed support for some legislation aimed at curbing drug prices, but they hedged that support, and many of the proposals they back don’t target drug makers.

February 26, 2019 | Daily News

Pharmacy benefit manager executives will be called to testify before the Senate Finance Committee about high drug prices, committee Chair Chuck Grassley said Tuesday (Feb. 26).

February 26, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) said Tuesday (Feb. 26) he supports expanding the Trump administration’s proposed International Pricing Index model to Medicare Part D.

February 26, 2019 | Daily News

Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said at a drug-pricing hearing Tuesday (Feb. 26) that they will ask the Judiciary Committee, of which they are both members, to take up the issue of patent gaming tactics like those used by AbbVie to delay generics and biosimilars.

February 26, 2019 |

Representatives for health insurers, hospitals and providers said on Monday (Feb. 25) that they would welcome the chance to testify before Congress about drug pricing ahead of drug makers’ turn in the hot seat Tuesday.

February 25, 2019 | Daily News

Insurers, beneficiary advocates, state exchange chiefs and Democratic lawmakers are urging CMS not to discontinue the practice of “silver loading,” while also urging the agency to work with Congress to find a way to reinstate cost-sharing reduction payments so long as consumers don’t see premium increases as a result.

February 25, 2019 | Daily News

Representatives for health insurers, hospitals and providers said on Monday (Feb. 25) that they would welcome the chance to testify before Congress about drug pricing ahead of drug makers’ turn in the hot seat Tuesday.

February 25, 2019 | Daily News

More than half of Sanofi’s prescription drug sales in the United States were returned to payers as rebates, the company said in an annual report on pricing published Thursday (Feb. 21).

February 25, 2019 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas on Monday (Feb. 25) promoted the agency’s food safety goals and programs in a statement that one food safety advocate believes is largely aspirational, as the agency does not have additional resources to help staff its foreign offices and conduct more import inspections.

February 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee launched Friday (Feb. 22) a bipartisan investigation into rising insulin prices.

February 22, 2019 | Daily News

State and federal proposals to ban settlements that delay generic or biosimilar competition likely would not stop the deals AbbVie struck to protect its blockbuster arthritis drug Humira, antitrust lawyers said.

February 21, 2019 | Daily News

West Virginia’s senators are asking lawmakers to support them in pushing HHS to align the strict privacy scheme for substance abuse treatment records with the looser Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), echoing the calls of physician and hospital groups.

February 21, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR), and House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) sent another letter Thursday (Feb. 21) to HHS Secretary Alex Azar calling for an end to Medicaid work requirement waivers, shortly after CMS Administrator Seema Verma told the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) that CMS would continue to approve such waivers.

February 21, 2019 | Daily News

Top House and Senate Democrats sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting the Trump administration rescind several new policies outlined in the proposed exchange rule for 2020, warning the policies could cause thousands of people to lose health care coverage and raise premiums by millions of dollars.

February 20, 2019 | Daily News

A group of six major hospital associations called on lawmakers to refrain from setting a benchmark for out-of-network payment rates for physicians as they craft legislation to address balance billing, as insurers and employers are set to ask Congress to do just that.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

Employers, consumer and insurers have joined forces to push for legislation that would limit surprise billing by setting a low benchmark for out-of-network payments to providers.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

CMS says the Independence at Home Demonstration saved about $9.1 million in its third year, once incentive payments to practices were taken into account -- results praised by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA), who would like to make the demonstration permanent.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

CMS says the Independence at Home Demonstration saved about $9.1 billion in its third year, once incentive payments to practices were taken into account -- results praised by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA), who would like to make the demonstration permanent.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

Eight major hospital associations are asking House and Senate leadership to again delay Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments, as they say the coverage rates envisioned by the Affordable Care Act haven’t materialized and Medicaid already underpays providers.

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) said Tuesday (Feb. 12) that he asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to consider making prescription drug makers pay rebates to Medicare if they hike Part B drug prices faster than the rate of inflation.

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