More States Eye Drug Affordability Boards, PBM Regulations

PBM and drug pricing regulation will continue to be hot topics at the state level after several years of busy lawmaking, experts predict, even as PBM reforms are diluted and stalled in Congress. They predict that more states than ever will continue to embrace or pursue policies like drug affordability review boards.

“I do think the momentum is still strong, because states have the ability to do a lot more,” Kate Sikora, managing director at Avalere Health, tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT. “Federal bills typically get a little bit watered down by the time they actually pass. So some of these state laws are a little bit heartier — a little bit more robust — in terms of what they attempt to do.”

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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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