prescription-drugs

Casey ‘encouraged’ by negotiations on child tax credit legislation in Congress

BY: - January 17, 2024

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said he was “encouraged” by progress in negotiations in Congress over child tax credit legislation, but expressed some uncertainty that a deal could move forward.  A bipartisan, bicameral tax proposal released Tuesday by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) would raise the child tax credit incrementally through […]

Medicare recipients who take insulin will be the first to benefit from the drug pricing provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act. Additional drug costs will start to decrease in 2026. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients | Analysis

BY: - December 5, 2022

Medicare patients spent $1 billion on insulin in 2020, according to Kaiser Family Foundation.

U.S. Senate Dems advance Medicare prescription drug negotiation plan

BY: - July 6, 2022

The proposal would allow Medicare to begin negotiating some prescription drug prices starting in 2023.

COMMENTARY

Capping costs doesn’t get to the root cause of high drug prices | Opinion

BY: - April 29, 2022

We already know that negotiating prices will get consumers a better deal than continuing to give drug corporations unlimited power.

Here’s what to look for in President Joe Biden’s debut State of the Union speech

BY: - March 1, 2022

Biden will urge lawmakers to send him legislation that would lower prescription drug prices, reduce how much families pay for child care and create a national paid family and medical leave program.

COMMENTARY

Playing the pandemic inflation blame-game: Healthcare edition | Ray Landis

BY: - January 30, 2022

Why do prescription drug prices increase so much? Because they can. And there are no rules to stop it

COMMENTARY

Pa. House, Senate need to work together to rein prescription drug prices | Opinion

BY: - October 8, 2021

One in every two Pennsylvanians cannot afford the medications they need to manage their health.

COMMENTARY

Pa. House panel approves bill raising income limits for prescription drugs program | Friday Coffee

BY: - October 1, 2021

The bipartisan legislation sponsored by Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, is headed for the House floor.

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 18, 2021

The proposals were drafted based on President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” policy plan. The House Democrats’ outline may be altered in the Senate, where some senators want to tweak those policies (including getting those upgraded Medicare benefits to seniors sooner).

COMMENTARY

It’s long past time we stopped treating healthcare like a privilege | Opinion

BY: - August 29, 2021

It’s time to give Pennsylvanians much-needed relief -- it’s not only smart policy, it’s the right thing to do. 

State laws for prescription drug brokers soon could have teeth | Analysis

BY: - August 10, 2021

In 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation aimed at increasing transparency for pharmacy benefit manager pricing practices in the state's Medical Assistance program.

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Black Americans are more likely to be harmed by high drug prices. How one Pa. lawmaker is trying to help | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 13, 2021

Nearly 30 percent of people who take prescription medications struggle to afford them. The burden is disproportionately borne by Black Americans, a new report concludes.