CMS projects Part D monthly premium to decline slightly in 2018

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The average monthly premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2018 is estimated to be $33.50 per month – or approximately $1.20 less than the average premium in 2017 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week. The projection is based on bids submitted by drug... read more

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Tag: drug prices

Express Scripts reports on 2016 drug spending by health plan clients

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Drug spending per member for public health insurance exchange plans sponsored by Express Scripts clients increased 14% in 2016, driven by increases in both unit costs and use, according to a new report by the pharmacy benefit management company. Drug spending per member for Medicaid, Medicare Part D, and... read more

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Hospitals, not pharmaceutical manufacturers, are preserving and protecting the safety net

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A group financed by the pharmaceutical industry is hosting a meeting today on the 340B Drug Pricing Program with the goal of “Preserving the True Safety Net.” But what the meeting really will be about is the pharmaceutical industry – with their skyrocketing prescription drug prices and huge profits –... read more

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Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Community benefit, access, drug prices

Changing 340B is the wrong prescription for addressing skyrocketing pharmaceutical costs

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The rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs is causing significant financial challenges for patients and their care providers.

Many groups, including the AHA, are evaluating options for addressing this important issue. However, one recent proposal, which is seriously misguided, would reduce a program... read more

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Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, price, drug prices

Stop Unsustainable Drug Prices

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Today’s New York Times provides arguments from drug companies justifying the excessive jump in pharmaceutical prices in recent years, saying the higher prices won’t impact patients. 

Hospitals’ top priority is providing patients with safe and effective care, but the skyrocketing costs of pharmaceuticals... read more

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Tags: access, price, drug prices

Protect Patients. Preserve 340B.

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More than 20 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to allow eligible hospitals and health systems to stretch limited resources and expand access to care for vulnerable patients. But despite a proven track record of increasing patient access to vital medical services and decreasing... read more

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Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, price, drug prices

340B Proposals Would Jeopardize Hospitals' Ability to Serve Vulnerable Patients

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The 340B Drug Pricing Program has a strong track record of helping to combat high prescription drug prices and increase access to vital medicines and comprehensive health care services for our nation’s most vulnerable individuals.

However, we are concerned that recent policy changes proposed by the... read more

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Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, drug prices

Out of Control Drug Prices Hurt Patients

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Every day it’s in the news. Another drug company raising the price on medication that eases the suffering for and saves the lives of so many people. This sudden and dangerous rise in prices is putting a strain on the entire health care system.

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... read more

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Tag: drug prices

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