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Charlotte Whittaker: Big Pharma’s prices just keep going up and up — Senate needs to pass HR 3

The price of a new invention usually falls as more people adopt it, but prescription drug prices somehow defy gravity. Kentuckians, like all Americans, pay among the highest drug prices in the world, and prices keep climbing. We can’t change the laws of physics, but we can and must change federal law to bring needed relief. For prescription drugs on the market, you might expect any price increase...

McConnell delays vote on GOP health bill until after break; measure may need support of Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on Republican senators’ health bill Tuesday, saying it needed redrafting to get the votes it needs to pass. Republicans have 52 of the 100 Senate seats, so McConnell can afford only two defections, and six GOP senators had rejected the bill when he pulled it. Three more did later. After Senate Republicans met with President Trump, McConnell...

Trump administration estimates fewer Americans would lose health coverage than CBO forecast

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Trump administration has come up with its own estimate of how many Americans would lose or forgo health coverage under the bill that House Republicans passed last month, and it’s a lot lower. An actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concluded that 13 million fewer people would be covered by 2026, not the 23 million estimated by...

Republican health plan proposal wouldn’t affect Medicaid until 2020, still awaits budget office review

House Republicans’ bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has “a more conservative vision for the nation’s health-care system, replacing federal insurance subsidies with a new form of individual tax credits and grants to help states shape their own policies,” Amy Goldstein, Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Snell report for The Washington Post. “Under two bills...

Grace Boatright: Fiscal cliff health care fix good for rural patients, as well as taxpayers

Rarely do federal lawmakers come upon a policy that can expand access to critical health care services and simultaneously save taxpayers money.   But according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, a tweak in the way Medicare pays for certain kidney disease drugs could do just that – preserving the availability of crucial treatments to rural patients and saving the program billions.   At...