Largest health insurer to keep key parts of law regardless of court ruling

June 11, 2012

Largest health insurer to keep key parts of law regardless of court ruling from the Washington Post: 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 […]

Chinese Firms Linked to Tainted Heparin Still Supplying U.S.

October 28, 2011

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. […]

Advisory Panel Releases ‘Essential Benefits’ Report

October 7, 2011

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 […]

Drug Companies May Face Uphill Battle on Passage of FDA Review Funding

September 5, 2011

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 […]

America’s Innovation Agency: The FDA

September 2, 2011

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 […]

FDA Commissioner Testifies before the Senate

March 18, 2011

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 […]

Institute of Medicine Hears from Stakeholders on Essential Benefits

January 14, 2011

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 Center for Medicare Advocacy Examines Changes to Medicare Part D

October 13, 2010

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 […]

New York Governor David Paterson signs S. 5000-B into Law!

October 7, 2010

S. 5000-B gives the New York State Insurance Department the authority to deny requests from insurance companies to create specialty drug pricing tiers, also known as Tier IV drug pricing.  These types of tiers have been used by insurance companies in other states to require patients to pay higher co-payments and co-insurance based on the […]

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