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ACA repeal will usher in period of uncertainty

ACA repeal will usher in period of uncertainty

After stumbling out of the gate early this month with an ill-conceived  bid to hamstring the Office of Congressional Ethics (a plan that roused a chorus of critics, including President-elect Donald Trump, and was quickly withdrawn), Republicans in the House, along with their colleagues in the Senate, regained their footing and set about the business

21st Century Cures Act signed into law

21st Century Cures Act signed into law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today signed the landmark 21st Century Cures Act into law. At a ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden, who helped shepherd the sweeping health bill through Congress, Obama said the new law “touches every family across America” and “unleashes the full force of American innovation.” The 21st Century Cures Act

Big premium increases on the way for Obamacare plans

Big premium increases on the way for Obamacare plans

WASHINGTON — Premiums for health plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act will rise sharply next year, and insurer defections in some states will leave consumers with substantially fewer coverage options, the federal government reported. Premiums will increase, on average, 25% for mid-level plans on the federal health insurance exchange, according to the Department of

Obama says more work needed to fix health care

Obama says more work needed to fix health care

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has made suggestions for improving the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including bigger subsidies for private insurance and a Medicare-like public plan in some states. Obama also said drug makers were putting their bottom lines ahead of the common good by opposing any constraints on medication prices. “We worked successfully with

Obama signs Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

Obama signs Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

ARLINGTON, Va. — Pharmacy industry groups hailed the president’s approval of key legislation to help combat abuse and misuse of prescription drugs. President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 (S. 483), which had drawn strong support from the National Association of Chain Drug

Obama rallies public/private efforts vs. drug abuse

Obama rallies public/private efforts vs. drug abuse

WASHINGTON — The pharmacy industry is doing its part to help stem the tide of prescription drug abuse and heroin use as part of wide-ranging, public- and private-sector efforts announced this week by President Barack Obama. At a community forum in Charleston, W.Va., Obama and administration officials highlighted the need to change prescribing practices for

Obama nominates Califf as FDA commissioner

Obama nominates Califf as FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration’s current deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco is likely to become the organization’s next commissioner. Dr. Robert Califf, a cardiologist and clinical researcher long affiliated with Duke University, on Tuesday was nominated as FDA commissioner by President Barack Obama. On Wednesday, his nomination was sent to the

President Obama speaks up for value-based care

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama gave remarks Wednesday at the kick-off meeting for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a new initiative that aims to bring public and private-sector stakeholders together to build on the Affordable Care Act’s efforts to transition the U.S. health care system to models that provide the best care

Chain drug industry backs ‘better, smarter’ care

Chain drug industry backs ‘better, smarter’ care

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores joined President Barack Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell at the White House to launch the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, whose participants include Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart. Announced Wednesday, the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network brings