For patients with certain cancers, out-of-pocket spending can exceed $15,000 a year. Legislation could take aim at prices and the amounts Medicare patients are charged.
Negotiators were closing in on a deal that could spend around $1.75 trillion, but lawmakers were still haggling over critical disagreements on the sprawling social policy bill.
Democrats have made giving government the power to negotiate drug prices a central campaign theme for decades. With the power to make it happen, they may fall short yet again.
The drug, Aduhelm, brought in $300,000 in revenue in its first full three months of availability. The company expects the drug to generate minimal revenue for the rest of the year.
The increase, a cost-of-living adjustment that applies to about 70 million Americans, comes as consumer prices have jumped sharply.
An analysis published by the Department of Health and Human Services said that Covid shots had also prevented about 265,000 cases and 107,000 hospitalizations.
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Under pressure to cut the bill’s cost, Democrats disagree over whether to offer more benefits to older Americans or to cover more of the working poor.
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At least 21 percent of nursing home residents are on antipsychotic drugs, a Times investigation found.
The administration endorses a proposal for the government to negotiate on prices for all U.S. purchasers, not just Medicare.
The $3.5 trillion social policy bill that lawmakers begin drafting this week would touch virtually every American, at every point in life, from conception to old age.
Annual government reports on the solvency of the programs underscored the questions about the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.
A new generation of more affordable and stylish hearing aids could help preserve mind, life and limb for millions.
In the large budget bill now in Congress, supporters of the measure see a rare opportunity to advance a popular policy.
For an increasingly important set of drugs, Medicare has been driving up prices. It knows how to do better.
A series of studies in an influential medical journal takes a close look at longstanding gaps in medical care.
President Biden singled out drug prices as an issue he wants included in the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social policy bill, including allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices.
The looming financial crisis for seniors.