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July 29, 2019 | Daily News

Drug makers would pay a significantly larger share of costs in Medicare Part D under the Senate Finance Committee’s new drug-pricing plan, according to Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) office.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) released a rural health plan Friday (July 26) that includes proposed improvements to Medicare and Medicaid, particularly for seniors and new mothers, following on the heels of other presidential hopefuls who have released health plans to address rural populations, seniors, and mothers.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Thursday (July 25) warned fellow GOP senators that the drug pricing bill he negotiated with ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) is moderate compared to policies being considered by the Trump administration and House Democrats.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) said Thursday (July 25) it is “very likely” the Trump administration will take its own steps to lower drug prices in Part D, though the details are in flux. Meadows said he attended a drug-pricing meeting Wednesday between President Donald Trump and drug lobbyists that was first reported by Politico.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Medicare Advantage plans and some Medicare advocates are asking CMS to work with plans on a framework to sustainably implement supplemental benefits for the chronically ill in 2020, coming as the Bipartisan Policy Center calls for Congress to follow MA’s lead and also authorize non-medical benefits for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with chronic illnesses.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Thirteen Republican senators and one Democrat voted Thursday (July 25) to kill President Donald Trump’s plan to connect Medicare payment for physician-administered drugs to foreign drug prices in a rebuke of one of the administration’s last remaining drug-pricing policies.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

In a tie vote, an amendment to repeal a key measure of the Senate Finance Committee’s drug-pricing bill failed Thursday (July 25).

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

A measure to ban drug rebates that aren’t shared at the point of sale might be added to the Senate Finance Committee’s drug pricing bill before a floor vote, Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) said Thursday (July 25) during the bill’s markup.

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate will not vote on drug pricing legislation before the August recess, key committee chairs said Wednesday (July 23).

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Center for American Progress (CAP) is touting an Avalere analysis that found the think tank’s universal health care proposal, under which Americans could choose between enrolling a beefed-up Medicare plan or keeping their existing coverage, would cost less than $3 trillion over 10 years and could be fully funded without having to levy taxes on the middle class.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The budget and debt ceiling deal reached by Congress and the White House extends sequestration on Medicare through 2029 to help pay for higher budget caps on FDA and other nondefense agencies -- a move the Congressional Budget Office says will increase spending by around 2% for most Medicare benefits through September 2027.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The White House expressed support on Tuesday (July 23) for the Senate Finance Committee’s new drug-pricing bill as did the generic drug lobby, but the brand-drug lobby came out against it.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee unveiled a long-awaited drug-pricing bill, to be marked up Thursday (July 25), that includes monumental changes to drug-pricing policy in Medicare and Medicaid -- including restructuring the Part D benefit, imposing controversial inflationary rebates in Medicare Parts B and D, and raising the rebate cap in Medicaid.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee did not hesitate to criticize the grand drug-pricing bargain Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) rolled out Tuesday (July 23).

July 22, 2019 |

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug-price negotiation bill will be unveiled in early September to give drug makers less time to undermine the plan over the August recess and the Congressional Budget Office more time to formally score the bill, senior Pelosi aide Wendell Primus said Monday (July 22).

July 22, 2019 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma took aim at public option proposals, which have become increasingly popular among the 2020 Democratic field and likened the policy to Medicare for All during a speech to Medicare stakeholders.

July 22, 2019 | Daily News

Justice in Aging says that so-called Duals Special Needs Plans look-alikes will interfere with CMS’ policy initiatives to improve care for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid if the look-alike plans are left unchecked, and the group is urging CMS to force plans with majority duals enrollment to meet D-SNP requirements -- but the group says plans, not beneficiaries, should be the target of regulatory changes.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

Executives from Pfizer, Genentech, Amgen and Alkermes met with White House officials Thursday (July 18) to discuss policies to control drug prices, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

Trial lawyers and beneficiary advocates say CMS’ decision to scrap its ban on nursing homes using pre-dispute, binding arbitration will deny beneficiaries access to the courts when a problem arises, even though the agency says nursing homes can’t force beneficiaries to agree to pre-dispute arbitration as a condition of receiving care.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

The White House asked Democrats late Thursday (July 19) to include in a budget deal Senate Democratic drug-pricing policies that would save the government $115 billion, multiple sources say

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