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June 14, 2017

Headlines in the News

Senate set to hear pitch on three ideas to bring down drug prices
STAT, June 12, 2017

Senate Republicans draft Obamacare repeal bill behind closed doors
USA Today, June 12, 2017

Iowa asks to rewrite Affordable Care Act rules to prop up its insurance exchange
Washington Post, June 12, 2017

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

11,024,641 ... is the number of Medicaid enrollees in California, the nation’s largest Medicaid market. The three largest plans are L.A. Care Medi-Cal, Health Net Community Solutions and Inland Empire Health Plan Medi-Cal with 1.9, 1.8 and 1.2 million members, respectively.


AIS’s Medicare and Medicaid Market Data: Enrollment, Premium Rates, Benefit Designs and Strategies of Medicare and Medicaid Plans

Quote of the Day

It’s “merely the latest tired exercise in which the insurance industry seeks to shift the blame for rising healthcare costs and its own increasing cost-shifting to patients to pharmaceutical companies by cherry-picking data that fails to tell the whole story.”

— Biotechnology Innovation Organization President and CEO Jim Greenwood, reacting to the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA) report, Rising Costs for Patented Drugs Drives Growth of Pharmaceutical Spending in the U.S.

Click here to read the DRUG BENEFIT NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "BCBSA Highlights Rise in Spending On Drugs; Industry Refutes Findings" (Free for DBN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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