Lobbyists Say Democrats Have New Plan For Passing Drug Pricing Bill

Democrats are considering adding Medicare drug price negotiation to the president’s American Families Plan and using budget reconciliation to pass it separately from the infrastructure bill, if a bipartisan deal is struck on infrastructure, drug and consumer lobbyists said. Yet key lawmakers are also going through the motions of negotiating a bipartisan drug-pricing bill. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) said he has spoken with Republicans about the issue, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA), the Republican who wrote a...
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FDA Week - 06/18/2021
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Vol. 27, No. 24
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Inside CMS - 06/17/2021
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Becerra Agrees ESI, Exchange Affordability Limits Should Be Aligned

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra agreed with Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) that Congress should revisit the Affordable Care Act’s affordability threshold for employer-sponsored coverage, currently set at around 10% of income, so that it aligns with current policy on the exchanges. Becerra also said that he’s ready to meet with public option champions in the Senate to go over their ideas whenever they call. The secretary made the comments during Thursday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on the president’s budget...
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Health Exchange Alert Weekly Report - 06/16/2021
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