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Senators aim to quash pharmacy gag clauses

Senators aim to quash pharmacy gag clauses

WASHINGTON — A group of senators are sponsoring legislation to bring more prescription drug pricing transparency to the pharmacy counter. Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine), Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) yesterday introduced the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554) and the Know the Lowest Price Act (S. 2553), which would

Senate tax reform bill may doom ACA’s individual mandate

Senate tax reform bill may doom ACA’s individual mandate

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate as part of its sweeping tax reform bill has likely spelled doom for the provision, which required people who didn’t obtain health insurance to pay a tax penalty. Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) said the 51-49 vote passing the Senate tax reform

Trump: Effort to repeal ACA is still alive

Trump: Effort to repeal ACA is still alive

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Obamacare would be repealed and replaced early next year, following the failure of the Senate’s latest effort to overturn the law. After the Senate pulled back from a vote on legislation that would have moved control of health insurance to the states, Trump said Republicans “have the votes” to

Republican bid to undo ACA falls short in Senate

Republican bid to undo ACA falls short in Senate

WASHINGTON­­ — The Senate dealt a devastating blow to Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, defeating a GOP “skinny repeal” bill. Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined with Democrats to oppose the measure, a major loss for President Trump and the Republican congressional agenda.

Senate rejects ‘skinny’ repeal of ACA

Senate rejects ‘skinny’ repeal of ACA

WASHINGTON­­ — The Senate dealt a devastating blow to Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by defeating a GOP “skinny repeal” bill early Friday morning. Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) joined with Democrats to oppose the measure, a major loss for President

Trump strikes blow at Affordable Care Act

Trump strikes blow at Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — In his first executive order after taking office, President Donald Trump ordered federal agencies to waive or delay any provisions of the Affordable Care Act they consider onerous to individuals, states or insurers. The order contained few specifics, however, and raised more questions about the fate and direction of the country’s health care

Senators question pricing of Mylan’s EpiPen

Senators question pricing of Mylan’s EpiPen

NEW YORK — Senate leaders have voiced concerns about a price surge for Mylan Inc.’s EpiPen, an epinephrine auto-injector for treating anaphylaxis, or potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), chairman and ranking member of the

Congress votes to repeal ACA; Obama responds with veto

Congress votes to repeal ACA; Obama responds with veto

WASHINGTON — President Obama has vetoed congressional legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Repeal bills passed by the House and Senate “would reverse the significant progress we have made in improving health care in America,” Obama said. Noting that 17.6 million Americans have gained health care coverage under the law, he said the

Senators launch investigation of Rx pricing

Senators launch investigation of Rx pricing

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate committee has begun a probe of recent spikes in pharmaceutical pricing. Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), who lead the Senate Special Committee on Aging, on Wednesday said the bipartisan investigation will include hearings, with the first slated for next month. The lawmakers noted that the