Category Archives: Government

Latest ACA repeal bill returns for one more Senate audition; will McConnell, other GOP leadership put it to a vote?

The News: Powerful healthcare groups continued to denounce the Graham-Cassidy bill Wednesday (September 20, 2017), including AARP and the American Hospital Association, both of which urged a “no” vote. But… Read more »

Amgen, Allergan get nod for Avastin biosim; FDA’s Gottlieb making good on vow to hasten generic approvals, catch the EU.

The News: Amgen Inc. (Thousand Oaks CA) and Allergan PLC (Dublin IRL) said Thursday (September 14, 2017) that the Food and Drug Administration has approved their biosimilar version of Roche… Read more »

GOP Sen. Alexander’s plucky, bipartisan bill to fix Obamacare headed to Senate vote this week; does this dark horse have a chance in such a crowded field?

The News: The month of September has been blitzed with healthcare bills. Last week alone, Democrat and Republican senators introduced both a single-payer plan and an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement… Read more »

Novartis gets FDA nod for breakthrough leukemia treatment Kymriah; with a cost of $450,000, who’s going to get it?

The News: Novartis AG (Basel CHE) has obtained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel or CTL019) to treat children and young adults with… Read more »

Obamacare fails to implode as Ohio’s CareSource fills last “bare” US county.

The News: Obamacare plans will be sold in every part of the US next year after an insurer agreed to do business in a small Ohio county, overcoming predictions that… Read more »

Government to make August CSR payment to health insurers; meanwhile, CBO says Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums 20% higher.

The News: The federal government will make crucial Obamacare-related subsidy payments to health insurers in August despite threats by President Donald Trump to end them, a White House spokesman said last week…. Read more »

Merck’s Frazier leads the way quitting Trump business council after Charlottesville; J&J’s Gorsky’s bail way too late.

The News: One day after J&J chief exec Alex Gorsky pub­licly com­mit­ted to stay­ing on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s man­u­fac­tur­ing coun­cil, he abruptly re­versed course–just as the sud­den mass departure of ex­ec­u­tives forced… Read more »

Centene rescuing Obamacare as just two US counties still lack insurers for 2018.

The News: Centene Corp. (St. Louis MO) on Tuesday (August 15, 2017) said it will sell Obamacare plans in Nevada’s remaining 14 “bare” counties in 2018. The insurer previously announced… Read more »

Centrists design bipartisan healthcare stabilization plan; reps throw down gauntlet on turf battle with White House.

A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats unveiled a slate of Obamacare fixes last week they hope will gain traction after the Senate’s effort to repeal the law… Read more »