Updates – Prescription Drugs

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The Lower Health Care Costs Act Works

The Congressional Budget Office’s score of the Lower Health Care Costs Act proves that the bill works… More

protected content ERIC Comments on Surprise Billing, HELP Draft, Update on Rx Costs

The primary purpose of this update is to share two letters with you – one is a sign-on from employer trades on surprise medical billing. The other is a more in-depth letter to the Senate HELP Committee on their big health care bill… More

protected content HELP Releases Major Bill, ERIC Comments on E&C Surprise Billing Draft, and More

Today we will discuss: (1) HELP bill on health care costs, (2) ERIC surprise billing comments, (3) 1557 proposed bill, (4) Proposals on disclosure of negotiated rates, (5) Wellness update… More

protected content Caddy, Surprise Billing, Rx Affordability Proposal

Today we will discuss: (1) Cadillac tax update, (2) House E&C Committee releases surprise billing legislative draft, (3) Senators introduce bill mandating coinsurance be based on net price, (4) FDA finalizes interchangeability guidance, (5) 43 states sue generic manufacturers for price fixing, (6) CAHC releases Rx affordability proposal… More

protected content Surprise Billing, Caddy Tax, EEOC, Rx Bills

We have a few brief updates for you this week related to (1) White House Surprise Billing Event; (2) House Votes on Two Drug Pricing Bills; and (3) Janet Dhillon is Confirmed as EEOC Commissioner… More

protected content ERIC Victory! Oklahoma Pharmacy Benefit Bill Vetoed

Yesterday, ERIC earned a big win in Oklahoma when Senate Bill 841 was vetoed by Governor Stitt… More

protected content Surprise Billing FAQ, Rx Bill Scores, PBM P&T Committees

I have a brief update for you today on: (1) Surprise Billing, (2) Rx Pricing Bills Pass through Judiciary Committee, and (3) Public Scrutiny of PBM Advisory Committees’ Role in Rx Pricing… More

Alert - Louisiana Bill Enabling State Regulation of PBMs

ERIC is urging the Louisiana Senate against regulating self-insured health plans. Together with the Louisiana Business Group on Health, we are warning the Senate that Louisiana Senate Bill 41, which relates to the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, treads on federal territory protected by ERISA… More

protected content HDHPs under scrutiny, SF survey results, Rx updates, and more!

Today we will discuss: (1) Cadillac tax update, (2) HDHPs in the crosshairs, (3) ERIC survey results on San Francisco pay-or-play, (4) More settlements on pharma charity schemes, (5) FTC goes after e-prescribing monopoly… More

protected content San Francisco survey, Drug cost legislation, Surprise billing, and more!

Today we will discuss: (1) Quick survey on compliance with the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance, (2) ERIC and Congressional activity on prescription drug legislation, (3) Surprise billing hearing, employer letter, and legislative update… More

protected content Breakdown of ERIC Health Care Cost Roadmap Letter, Major PBM Mandates Point-of-Sale Rebates, and Mor

It’s another big week for health care in D.C., as we have the rollout of the President’s (mostly dead-on-arrival) budget proposal, more volleys in the prescription drug costs debate, and more… More

ERIC Outlines Top Health Priorities for Congress in New Letter

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative solutions for reducing health care costs… More

protected content Alert: Oklahoma Bills would Impact Pharmacy Benefit Plans

Two bills on the move in Oklahoma, Senate Bill 841 and House Bill 2632, would have a big impact on pharmacy benefit plans in the state… More

protected content Rx Rebate Alert – GOP Senator Introduces Bill to End Private Sector PBM Rebates

Just a quick heads up – last night, this draft legislation began circulating, courtesy of Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). Dubbed the “Drug Price Transparency Act,” this bill would do the following… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Maine Biosimilar Bill

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Maine House Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services regarding Legislative Document 659, which would allow pharmacists to make biosimilar substitutions… More

Alert: ERIC Submits Comments on Arkansas Biosimilar Bill

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Arkansas House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on House Bill 1269, which would allow pharmacists to make biosimilar substitutions… More

protected content Rx CEOs Grilled on the Hill – Rx Feedback Needed; Last Call on Caddy Tax Letter

One of ERIC’s top priorities in the 116th Congress is moving forward with repeal of the ACA’s 40 percent “Cadillac” excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance. As part of our efforts on this, we are working towards 290 cosponsors on H.R. 748, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” which could potentially force Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) to bring the bill up for a vote on the House floor… More

protected content Surprise Billing, Rx Update, Wilderness Therapy, Retiree Health and CBAs

Yesterday, ERIC submitted our official response letter to the Senate working group on surprise medical billing… More

protected content Surprise billing, Commonwealth Fund on underinsurance, Rx cost latest, and more!

Yesterday, a huge number of doctor groups came out with a joint document laying out their policy principles for surprise billing legislation… More

protected content Rx rebate mayhem, Amicus filed in 5th Circuit, New caddy data, and more!

Yesterday, the Administration announced its proposed rule to lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs “by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients and bringing new transparency to prescription drug markets” … More

protected content Event invite, PCORI – Member feedback needed, Rx hearings, and More!

On Tuesday, February 12 at noon, ERIC is hosting an event with the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs, in which a panel of experts will discuss some of the current goings-on on the Hill, some of the proposals being floated, etc… More

protected content DOL on MHP, State health initiatives, Rx cost update

The government is still shut down, but the system continues to churn. I have a couple relatively quick updates today, as activity continues in those agencies that are not shut down, the states are absolutely keeping busy, and burgeoning prescription drug price hikes are putting pressure on Congress, consumers, and plan sponsors… More

protected content Pre-Conference Health Update on Opioids, Surprise Bills, Caddy

Chalk this up as an ERIC win worth several billion dollars to the employer community – the President has been sent a final opioids bill (H.R. 6, the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act”), and the proposed payfor that would have extended from 30 to 33 months the coordinating period during which an employer must pay for kidney dialysis patients was not included. VICTORY! So for now, we are still at 30 months for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on the employer plan… but we need to stay vigilant… More

ERIC Victory: President Signs Bill Banning Pharmacy Gag Clauses

ERIC applauds lawmakers and the Administration for coming together and banning so-called “gag clauses” in group health plans and individual market health insurance plans… More

ERIC Sends Letter to Hill Opposing ESRD Provision in Opioids Bill

ERIC and members of the National Coalition on Benefits sent a letter reiterating our strong opposition to the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) provision in the House-passed version of the opioids bill… More

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