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October 1, 2012
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  • Pa. pharmacy bill could cost consumers and taxpayers millions
    A bill under consideration in Pennsylvania would prevent mail-service pharmacies from charging less than community pharmacies to fill prescriptions, raising the state's health care costs by $570 million over the next decade. "In this economy, employers need every cost-saving tool they can get, and mail-service pharmacy is at the top of the list," said Mark Merritt, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association. Chain Drug Review (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ex-OMB official: Romney-Ryan plan doesn't "end" Medicare
    Democratic claims that GOP presidential running mates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would "end Medicare as we know it" are wrong, writes James Capretta, former associate director of the Office of Management and Budget. When it comes to Medicare Advantage, Capretta writes, President Barack Obama wants to shrink the program through government control, while Romney sees it as a foundation to build upon. The Hill/Congress Blog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Republican governors seek details in letter opposing health law
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, asked for more information on "aggressive" health insurance exchange deadlines and stated his group's opposition to the Affordable Care Act in a letter to the White House. "While we believe the best option is to fully repeal and replace the [law], states continue to confront numerous deadlines and face major policy decisions in the wake of the Supreme Court decision," McDonnell wrote. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • With market-based solutions, patients win
    As evidence supporting health savings accounts indicates, when consumers are making decisions about how health care dollars are spent, competition among providers results in lower costs, better quality and improved accessibility, writes author and researcher John C. Goodman. San Francisco Chronicle (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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