WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats on Thursday pivoted away from questions of impeachment by saying they are going to "own" the upcoming August recess on issues like health care and...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two veteran senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving...
BOSTON (AP) — Nearly a month into the new budget year, Massachusetts is finally on track to have a spending plan in place. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is weighing a $43.1 billion budget approved...
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge Monday blocked a major White House initiative on prescription drug costs, saying the Trump administration lacked the legal authority to require drugmakers to...
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Measures to protect students from sexual abuse and to examine ways of lowering high prescription drug costs are among new laws taking effect in Maryland this week.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is hoping to lower prescription drug costs under bills signed by the Democratic governor.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed such bills into law Monday, and the...
Prescription drug reform moves ahead in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could aim to lower prescription drug costs under bills moving through the state's Legislature.
The Senate unanimously supported such bills Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Plunging ahead despite paralyzing partisanship in the nation's capital, senior lawmakers of both parties Thursday proposed legislation to tackle surprise medical bills and other...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State Auditor Matt Rosendale is asking Montana legislators to override Gov. Steve Bullock's veto of a bill on prescription drug costs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move sure to get attention in a 2020 battleground state, President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that his administration may approve a Florida plan to import lower-cost...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill Thursday to continue Montana's Medicaid expansion program for another six years, as long as federal funding continues.
Walgreens slashed its 2019 forecast and missed second-quarter expectations with a performance that sent its shares plunging Tuesday and helped knock down the Dow Jones Industrial...
WASHINGTON (AP) — As ominous music plays in the background, the narrator of a radio ad warns that a Trump administration proposal to apply international pricing to certain Medicare drugs would be...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of going back on his campaign promise to protect Medicare after he introduced a 2020 budget that calls for steep cuts in Medicare...
Bipartisan bill targets prescription drug costs in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An effort to lower prescription drug costs and increase access to neighborhood pharmacies in Wisconsin gained Republican supporters Tuesday as pharmacists urged passage of the...
Trump plan would channel prescription discounts to patients
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday unveiled a plan to channel now-hidden prescription drug rebates directly to patients, saying it would bypass middlemen and lower prices for consumers.
The proposed regulation from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar would eliminate behind-the-scenes discounts among drugmakers, insurers and go-betweens and instead require that they be paid directly to consumers when they buy their medications.
Pelosi works her health care strategy from the ground up
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to "Obamacare" and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. "Medicare for all" will get hearings.
Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to address the high drug costs. But her plans to broaden financial help for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are unlikely to find takers among Republicans.
Montana lawmakers consider proposals meant to cut drug costs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers and the state insurance commissioner are targeting a generally hidden part of the health care system, with new regulations aimed at bringing down prescription drug costs. Companies in the drug supply chain, and the state's biggest health insurance company, are fighting back.
House Dems announce sweeping investigation of drug pricing
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced a sweeping investigation Monday of the pharmaceutical industry's pricing practices, jockeying for the upper hand with the Trump administration on an issue that concerns Americans across the political spectrum.
State Senate leader outlines agenda as lawmakers sworn in
BOSTON (AP) — The Democratic leader of the Massachusetts Senate promised Wednesday to work for lower prescription drug costs, expanded mental health services and a reform to the state's education funding formula as she laid out an ambitious agenda at the start of the Legislature's new two-year session.
Pharmacy benefit manager agrees to records examination
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A company that negotiates prescription drug prices on behalf of insurance plans agreed to a third-party examination of its records as Montana lawmakers work to rein in the increasing costs of prescription medications, the state auditor's office announced.
Walker taking gas tax argument to voters at the pumps
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is taking his argument against raising the gas tax straight to voters at the pump.
Walker's campaign on Tuesday unveiled an ad that will play on screens at gas stations as people are refueling their cars. In the spot, Walker hits Democratic opponent Tony Evers for being willing to raise the gas tax to pay for roads.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker says a new state law promises to be an important step toward helping hold down Hoosiers' prescription drug costs.
The law that took effect July 1 allows pharmacies and pharmacists to provide patients with information about their cost options for prescriptions.
New laws address domestic violence, drug costs
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New efforts to address domestic violence and prescription drug costs are now law in Maine.
One new law extends the sunset date for Pine Tree Development Zone tax breaks. Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson credits the program for saving a paper mill in Madawaska.
Another law sponsored by GOP Assistant House Leader Ellie Espling directs $150,000 annually for three years to support batterers' intervention programs.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont on Wednesday became the first state to create a program to import more affordable prescription drugs from Canada, but it's not clear whether it will get required federal approval.
Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said he supported the legislation because it could reduce costs for many Vermonters.
"I'm in favor of doing whatever we can do reduce cost for Vermonters," Scott said.
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine is criticizing the Trump administration for abandoning pledges to let the federal government's Medicare program negotiate lower drug prices and to allow drugs to be reimported from Canada.
Pingree said she believes consumers will not see any relief from rising drug costs unless both of those steps are taken.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before taking office, President Donald Trump railed against the pharmaceutical industry and accused it of "getting away with murder."
The populist rhetoric appears to be giving way to a more nuanced strategy focused on making the pharmaceutical market more open and competitive, with the aim of lowering costs for consumers.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott plans to study a bill passed by the Legislature that would set up a first-in-the-nation system to allow the state to import prescription drugs from Canada before deciding whether to sign it, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
HARTFORD — A new poll shows Connecticut residents are concerned about rising prescription drug prices and want state lawmakers to do something about it.
The poll, conducted in February for the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, found that 88 percent of those taking prescriptions are worried about paying for their medicine.
HARTFORD — A bill that would promise consumers their health insurance will pay for the same list of prescription drugs throughout their policy term was approved with bipartisan support by the General Assembly’s budget committee Thursday and will pass to the Senate for a vote.
An “important consumer protection,” the bill would ensure that health insurance companies can’t stop paying for drug they used to cover without any notice to patients, Sen. Heather Somers, R-Hartford, said.
By Katie Lannan
State House News Service
BOSTON -- Massachusetts posts the second-highest per capita health care costs in the nation, according to the Health Policy Commission, whose staff outlined a series of measures they said could save more than $4.7 billion in medical spending over five years.
MEC celebrates $2M in savings for members: Co-op Connections expo celebrates businesses, savings
BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave Electric Cooperative members had 2 million reasons to celebrate on Friday.
Since MEC CEO Tyler Carlson implemented the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives national program locally in 2011, the utility’s Co-op Connections discount card program has saved MEC members $2 million in prescription drug costs.
MEC members’ savings rank ninth in the country for prescription
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on bills signed and vetoed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (all times local):
Legislation has been signed in New Mexico that limits the ability health insurance companies require less expensive drugs before costlier options.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday signed a bill with broad bipartisan support that reins an insurance practice known as step therapy.
States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are considering ways to reduce prescription drug costs, including importing them from Canada, as they strive to balance budgets without knowing for sure what their government's share of the tab will be.
On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump’s big promises
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates.
Those ideas would represent tangible change and they have a realistic chance of being enacted. But it's not like calling for Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates.
Those ideas would represent tangible change and they have a realistic chance of being enacted. But it's not like calling for Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
Trump proposes reduction of drug costs under Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said.
A senior administration official outlined the plan Thursday on condition of anonymity ahead of the release of Trump's 2019 budget plan next week.
Trump aims to reduce drug costs under Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said Thursday.
A senior administration official outlined the plan on condition of anonymity ahead of the release of Trump's 2019 budget plan next week.
The Latest: Trump aims to reduce drug costs under Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on proposals by President Donald Trump and in the Senate budget bill to lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries (all times local):
President Donald Trump is proposing to lower prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and other middlemen.
Finally, someone said it – prescription drug costs are crippling the U.S. economy. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has found themselves swimming with the sharks of the health-care industry.
Finally, someone said it — prescription drug costs are crippling the U.S. economy. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has found themselves swimming with the sharks of the health-care industry.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Warranties and money-back guarantees, long used to entice buyers of products like hand tools and kitchen gadgets, are now being used to sell something more crucial: pricey new-generation drugs for diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.
Deals being negotiated between drugmakers and the insurers who buy medicines now sometimes include extra rebates — or even full refunds — if drugs don't help patients as expected.
As New Mexico struggles to cope with declining tax revenues and cuts to classrooms and health care, it is imperative for legislators to find new ways improve the state’s bottom line. That is why it is time to enact innovative policies to rein in the soaring cost of prescription drugs. It places a growing burden on our state budget each passing year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings says he's scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump to talk about how to lower prescription drug prices.
Cummings said in a statement Tuesday that he will be joined by Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont and Dr. Redonda Miller, the president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Cummings says the meeting is set for Wednesday.
The Maryland Democrat says he's looking forward to discussing ways of lowering skyrocketing prescription drug costs.
Price tries to reassure on health care; Dems not buying it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering reassurances, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday the new administration won't "pull the rug out" from those covered by "Obamacare." Democrats were unimpressed, noting a lack of specifics.
This year, I got into the "donut hole" in September. It has financially devastated and I almost stopped taking my prescriptions. I can afford my monthly $80 co pays but on my statement, it says the actual prescription drugs cost is $950.00 per month. How can I stay out of the "donut hole" or not get in it so fast for 2017? Thanks, in advance … Diane from West U.
King signs letter urging Trump to focus on lower drug costs
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King is urging President-elect Donald Trump to work with him and his colleagues to help bring down prescription drug costs.
King, an Independent, joined 18 Democratic senators in writing a letter to Trump, a Republican, on Tuesday. The letter calls on Trump to work with lawmakers to address high drug costs through "bold" administrative and legal actions.