The American Health Care Act will undergo some changes before a House floor vote on Thursday, said Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who said he remains confident it will ultimately pass. Republican Study Committee leaders gave their support Friday after the White House agreed to include an option for states to integrate a work requirement into Medicaid programs, add a Medicaid block grant option and offer larger tax credits for lower-income, older Americans.
Four Republican governors have proposed an alternate plan for Medicaid that would cover more people, include more federal money and give states more options than GOP health care legislation in the House.
The FDA's proposed "intended use" rule for tobacco has been put on hold for a year. Drug and medical device companies said a last-minute change to the rule would have posed liability risks for their industries.
A study that found Amgen's PCSK9 inhibitor Repatha prevented heart attacks and strokes but not cardiovascular-related deaths could lead to increased use of the drug, which carries a $14,523-a-year list price. "Getting the patients approved had been difficult, and because there was no endpoint data many practitioners didn't push very hard," said Express Scripts Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Miller.
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