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✦ A case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will determine how far states can go in regulating PBMs, will be delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Oral arguments in Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Assoc...

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✦ During the 2020 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, approximately 11.4 million people selected or were automatically reenrolled in plans across all 50 states and the District o...
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✦ A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York accuses Anthem, Inc. of bilking the federal government out of millions of dollars through a one-sided chart review program. The ci...

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✦ Herzuma (trastuzumab-pkrb) launched on March 16, bringing the total number of Herceptin (trastuzumab) biosimilars to four. Herzuma, from Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical In...

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✦ The U.S. Senate on March 25 passed a $2 trillion stimulus package aiming to lessen the economic blow of the COVID-19 pandemic on Americans and businesses — including the health care industry. America’s Healt...
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✦ President Donald Trump’s statements touting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as promising treatments for the new coronavirus has triggered hoarding of the drug and subsequent shortages, the New York Times re...

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✦ America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on March 19 outlining various legislative proposals to “protect Americans...
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✦ The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in its latest report to Congress observed “positive trends” in Medicare Advantage benchmarks, bids and payments relative to fee for service, MedPAC Executive Direct...

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✦ On March 9, global insurance brokerage firm Aon PLC agreed to buy fellow broker Willis Towers Watson in a deal that values the new firm at roughly $80 billion, according to a joint press release. The release emp...
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✦ CMS on March 11 rolled out a voluntary model that would set out-of-pocket costs for insulin at a maximum $35 copayment per 30-day supply throughout the benefit year for beneficiaries in participating enhanced Pa...