Saturday, January 22, 2022
Expect more big moves on prescription drug pricing today. Driving the news: HHS Secretary Alex Azar is giving a "major policy address" on drug prices this afternoon. Politico reported Friday that the administration would formally propose new regulations this week requiring drugmakers to include their sticker prices in their advertising,...
The Trump administration is moving forward with new rules that would require drug companies to disclose their prices, rejecting the industry’s efforts to preempt those regulations. Why it matters: This is the most direct conflict yet between pharmaceutical companies and the administration, and the dispute could quickly escalate into the...
As we near November's midterm elections, Democrats haven't distilled one of their biggest talking points — Medicare for All — down to one single policy. The big picture: The fight for universal health care is not a new one. But the wave of Democrats campaigning on "Medicare for All" represents the most...
How much more expensive are prescription drugs in the U.S.? Enough that one Utah insurer can fly its customers to San Diego, give them a ride across the Mexican border, pay them $500 cash for their trouble, and still save over $13,000 per person. This is bananas. PEHP, which covers...
Remember when Republicans and the pharmaceutical industry were friends? The pharmaceutical industry does. Between the lines: Republicans on Capitol Hill barely made a peep last week after the Trump administration rolled out a drug-pricing plan that arguably goes further than the Obama administration ever attempted. This is pharma's second notable...
Medicare’s annual enrollment period started Monday, and health insurers are banking that a lot more seniors and people with disabilities will sign up for private Medicare Advantage plans instead of traditional Medicare coverage. Driving the news: UnitedHealth Group executives yesterday said earnings per share next year will increase by roughly...

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