Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates, and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
Today, June 3, 2016, Shire completed its previously announced acquisition with Baxalta Incorporated. The combined company is expected to deliver over $20 billion in annual revenues by 2020. The company is focused on serving patients with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. Read the press release from Shire in it’s entirety here. About Shire […]
Dear Addy, I am frustrated because my insurance company has mandated that its members use a single pharmacy provider. What can be done to stop this denial of choice? Signed, Pharmacy Frustrated< ________________________________________________ Dear Frustrated, Health insurance providers are making this change as a cost savings measure. In order to keep their costs down, and […]
Note: This article was updated on 11/10/2015 to reflect 2016 out of pocket maximum limits. Dear Addy, I’m a confused individual with private health insurance. I read that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the maximum annual out-of-pocket cost for health care is $6,850.00 for an individual. My insurance company is moving my factor […]
Largest health insurer to keep key parts of law regardless of court ruling from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/largest-health-insurer-to-keep-key-parts-of-law-regardless-of-court-ruling/2012/06/10/gJQA7VYfTV_story.html?tid=pm_pop By N.C. Aizenman, Monday, June 11, 12:11 AM The nation’s largest health insurer will keep in place several key consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 health-care law regardless of whether the statute survives Supreme Court review. Officials at UnitedHealthcare will announce Monday that whatever […]
By Rebecca Adams, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor A federal judge has denied the request of a group of community pharmacists to immediately stop the acquisition of Medco Health Solutions by Express Scripts, Inc. The judge will next decide whether to throw out the lawsuit. The pharmaceutical benefits management companies Express Scripts and Medco merged on […]
On Monday, Dec. 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin outlining guidance to states on implementing Essential Health Benefits (EHBs). As you may recall, the Affordable Care Act will require individuals to have insurance coverage by 2014. Individuals and business may purchase health insurance in a state based “health […]
By Anna Edney Courtesy of Bloomberg News Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — Two Chinese companies implicated in supplying contaminated ingredients three years ago to Baxter International Inc. for its blood thinner heparin are still supplying product to the U.S., Republican lawmakers said. Baxter recalled the blood thinner in 2008 amid reports of deaths and allergic reactions. […]
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report of recommendations to the United States Department of Health and Human Services regarding what health benefits should be provided by insurance plans under the Health reform law – the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA requires states to set up an health insurance market place or exchange by […]
CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS – HEALTH Sept. 2, 2011 – 8:17 p.m. By Emily Ethridge, CQ Staff The pharmaceutical industry continues to push lawmakers to act quickly on approving a deal that would fund the Food and Drug Administration’s drug review process. But, although lawmakers from both parties have pledged to mark up the legislation […]
By instilling confidence in U.S. products and technologies, we stimulate economic growth and open markets overseas. By MARGARET A. HAMBURG Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal There are encouraging signs that the pharmaceutical industry’s pipeline of new products is not as stalled as some say. Already in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved […]
CQ HealthBeat Senator Blunt (R-MO) specifically asked Commissioner Hamburg about the speed of drug approvals and the idea of imposing user fees for the first time on generic drug companies. The administration proposed adding $40 million in user fees for generic companies in its fiscal 2012 budget. After the hearing, a reporter asked Hamburg for […]
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is undertaking a study that will make recommendations on the criteria and methods for determining and updating the essential health benefits package in health care reform. As you may recall, HFA submitted comments to the initial survey conducted in December. The outcome of this study will be a published report […]
The Medicare Part D annual election process is quickly approaching it runs from November 15 – December 31. CMS projects that for 2011, 1.2 million beneficiaries will have to change plans as a result of their current plans leaving the market or reducing their service area. According to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, this a […]
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