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February 12, 2002 | Daily News

In what could signal a significant policy shift, a key Senate Democrat said today that a prescription drug benefit should be packaged with other Medicare reforms that would help finance comprehensive drug coverage. The lawmaker also indicated his opposition to "sunsetting" a prescription drug benefit, an idea floated last year by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA).

February 11, 2002 | Daily News

President Bush Feb. 11 touted the tripartisan Medicare reform plan that is expected to be formally introduced in the Senate later this month. While not formally endorsing the tripartisan proposal, Bush's statements are significant because they insinuate the White House clearly favors the plan that has attracted the support of Sens. John Breaux (D-LA), James Jeffords (I-VT), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

February 07, 2002 | Daily News

The Democratic-controlled Senate may seek to trump House Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-IL) recent call for a $300 billion Medicare reform bill by calling for more funds to be devoted to a prescription drug benefit, according to congressional sources.

February 06, 2002 | Daily News

Lawmakers of both parties and beneficiary groups are reacting with skepticism to the administration's proposal to reform Medicare and craft a comprehensive prescription drug program with a net of $190 billion. Congress is expected to significantly increase this figure as lawmakers are calling for at least $300 billion for a drug benefit.

The administration has floated its $190 billion proposal recently and has laid out its plans for Medicare reform, a discount card and prescription drug coverage in a Jan. 28 White House fact sheet.

February 06, 2002 | Daily News

AARP, which has been criticized in the past for not taking a firm stance on various prescription drug bills, is vowing to be more vocal this year and might endorse specific bills.

February 06, 2002 | Daily News



A new bipartisan prescription drug bill has been introduced in the House but Republicans and conservative Democrats are not embracing the measure.

February 06, 2002 | Daily News

White House officials are looking to the states to help control government reimbursement for prescription drugs, according to an administration official. This strategy shows that the Bush administration is more confident that it can make more progress on drug pricing issues in the states instead of attempting to set new pricing policies in Washington.

February 06, 2002 | Daily News

In a major development, a powerful House GOP lawmaker is demanding that the Bush administration quickly provide Congress with many more details on the Medicare policies outlined in the president's fiscal year 2003 budget request. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson has agreed to comply with the request, signaling that the White House will unveil new plans on the government's policy regarding reimbursements to providers.

February 04, 2002 | Daily News

In a preview of the political roadblocks ahead, top House Republican and Democrat health care aides are divided over the coupling of a Medicare prescription drug benefit with wider Medicare reform measures in 2002. The policy rift, compounded by budget constraints and election-year politics, puts passage of a drug benefit on shaky ground just days into the new congressional session.

February 04, 2002 | Daily News

After failing to convince Congress to pass legislation on its prescription drug discount card plan, the Bush administration has shifted its political strategy on the issue by halting all lobbying efforts until the courts have ruled on a pending legal challenge by pharmacy groups.

February 04, 2002 | Daily News

In what could be a promising sign for the Bush administration, a powerful Senate Democrat has not closed the door on President Bush's controversial Medicare prescription drug discount card plan.

February 04, 2002 | Daily News

House Democrats see generic drugs as a key issue in both upcoming legislation on pharmaceutical drug user-fee reauthorization and Medicare. Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce, health subcommittee, said Democrats will consider attaching Hatch-Waxman drug patent reforms to the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), but the party may also decide to tackle the reforms through other legislation such as the Greater Access for Affordable Pharmaceuticals (GAPP) Act or compulsory licensing.

February 01, 2002 | Daily News

In a major new development, the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to put the drug industry's multi-billion dollar advertising and marketing practices under the microscope this year as part of its efforts to pass a Medicare prescription drug benefit and reform package.

The committee is likely to focus on the direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of drug companies, and examine how pharmaceuticals are bought to the market. The scrutiny of the drug industry's advertising habits is a significant new focus in the Medicare reform debate, according to health care experts.

January 31, 2002 | Daily News

In an attempt to significantly enhance patient access to prescription drugs, HHS has approved a "radical" Illinois waiver request and crafted a Medicaid model program that administration officials say will provide states with a roadmap for delivering more cost-effective drug coverage.

January 31, 2002 | Daily News

A key beneficiary group will push harder this year for the inclusion of generics as part of a Medicare prescription drug benefit and also plans to educate its members on the benefits of generics. But the lobbying effort is expected to be fiercely opposed by brand-name manufacturers, who have already floated a document that criticizes the widespread use of generic drugs.

This showdown between AARP and certain drug manufacturers could play a key role in this year's debate on adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare.

January 30, 2002 | Daily News

In a flurry of new proposals, the White House this week announced proposals to enhance prescription drug coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries, to increase Medicare+Choice funding, and to create two Medigap plans. The initiatives are aimed at providing immediate benefits to seniors as policymakers continue to seek a consensus approach on Medicare reform.

January 30, 2002 | Daily News

Two Senate Finance Committee Democrats are strongly objecting to speculation recently floated by a powerful pharmaceutical trade group that they are close to endorsing the "tripartisan" Medicare reform proposal that is favored by the Bush administration.

January 23, 2002 | Daily News

A Medicare advocacy group is calling for a congressional probe of drug pricing policies following the launch of a new drug discount card for Medicare beneficiaries by a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer.

The Pfizer Inc. initiative should be a "wake-up call" for Congress and the administration to explore why pharmaceutical companies are not offering discounts to all Americans, says Medicare Rights Center (MRC) President Robert Hayes.