At the Eleventh Hour, Democrats May Extend ACA Subsidies, Tackle Drug Pricing

Suddenly, the U.S. Senate may be about to pass a drug price reform package and extend enhanced individual marketplace subsidies through 2025. West Virginia centrist Democrat Joe Manchin — who has almost singlehandedly held up progress on the Biden administration’s agenda — in recent days reached a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York to move on the administration’s top health care priorities, along with climate change mitigation and tax reforms, in a bill that the upper chamber may pass through budget reconciliation before its annual summer break.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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