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March 20, 2017
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GOP lawmakers debate AHCA revisions ahead of planned House vote
GOP lawmakers debate AHCA revisions ahead of planned House vote
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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.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/19),  Reuters (3/20) 
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GOP governors propose changes for Medicaid
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 Associated Press (3/18) 
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"Intended use" rule delayed by FDA
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.
InsideHealthPolicy.com (subscription required) (3/17) 
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Drug Industry Spotlight
Study could increase use of costly PCSK9 inhibitor
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.
Forbes (3/17) 
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