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Last Week in Health Care

June 19, 2017

Research associate Jerrod Attias writes at the NCPA Health blog:

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has begun examining the role that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) play in rising drug prices, starting with a hearing this week on the drug delivery system. Drug manufacturers have blamed PBMs for rising prices and Senators from both sides of the aisle have called for more transparency in drug price negotiations. (Morning Consult)

According to a new report from the Office of the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the House health care bill would result in 13 million more Americans uninsured by 2026. This is 10 million fewer uninsured than predicted by the CBO estimate. (CNBC)

In a private meeting with Senate Republicans, President Trump reportedly called the House health care bill "mean" and urged the Senate version to be "more generous." Senate Republicans are currently working on their own health care reform which they hope to vote on next month. (Associated Press)

Major health insurer Centene announced plans to expand into three more insurance exchanges and increase coverage options in six states. This comes at a time when competitors such as Humana and Aetna are weighing large price increases or have exited exchanges altogether. (The Washington Post)

Senate Republicans are weighing options to address state differences in Medicaid spending. One proposal would use higher growth rates for lower spending states when determining yearly increases in federal funding for Medicaid. Senate Majority Whip Jon Cornyn points to this dispute as a major sticking point in Senate negotiations over a revised health care bill. (Roll Call)

 

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