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April 26, 2017

Headlines in the News

Moderates Mum On Repeal Bill Changes That Would Strip Consumer Protections
Politico, April 24, 2017

Anthem files motion to bar Cigna from terminating $54B merger
Healthcare Dive, April 24, 2017

Express Scripts To Lose Top Client Anthem Amid Legal Dispute
Bloomberg, April 24, 2017

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

23.77% ... is the average 90-day coinsurance for in-network mail-order generics for PPO plans across all tiers in 2017 small group and individual marketplaces. About 45% of these plans require a deductible to be paid before cost-sharing begins.


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Quote of the Day

“PBMs are avaricious middlemen, with a stranglehold on the prescription drug supply chain. Their scheme to sell formulary access for rebates drives up the cost of prescription drugs for the people who need to use them to stay alive.”

— According to a class-action lawsuit that charges PBMs and pharmaceutical manufacturers with colluding to illegally raise prices of insulin.

Click here to read the DRUG BENEFIT NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "PBMs Vow to Fight Insulin Pricing Lawsuit Alleging Collusion With Drug Companies" (Free for DBN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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