Congress Won’t Act on Insulin Prices for Commercial Market

Although Congress is on the brink of passing a landmark prescription drug price reform bill as part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) — Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives plans to vote on the bill Friday — the legislation will not include any provisions that impose price controls on insulin sold to patients with commercial insurance. D.C. insiders tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that they do not expect separate, standalone legislation to make it through Congress any time soon, which shines a spotlight on new insulin benefits announced by major carriers like UnitedHealth Group.

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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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