More than 1K stakeholders call for "Cadillac tax" repeal | CMS: US health care spending up 4.6% to $3.6T last year | House expected to pass Pelosi's drug-pricing bill next week
December 6, 2019
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More than 1K stakeholders call for "Cadillac tax" repeal
Over 1,000 stakeholders signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calling for the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act's excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage, scheduled to take effect in 2022. The so-called "Cadillac tax" would result in higher health care costs and reduced access to health care providers, the stakeholders wrote.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (12/5) 
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CMS: US health care spending up 4.6% to $3.6T last year
An analysis from the CMS Office of the Actuary showed US health care spending increased by 4.6% to $3.6 trillion last year, compared with 4.2% growth in 2017 and 4.6% in 2016. The increase was driven in part by faster spending growth in government-sponsored and private health insurance, largely because the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax was reinstated.
Reuters (12/5),  Medscape (free registration) (12/5) 
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House expected to pass Pelosi's drug-pricing bill next week
House leaders said the chamber will vote next week on legislation introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that would allow HHS to negotiate drug prices for up to 250 drugs per year. The House is expected to pass the measure, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has vowed to block it.
The Hill (12/5) 
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N.Y. doctor found guilty in pharmaceutical kickback scheme
New York-based physician Gordon Freedman has been convicted of conspiring to commit honest services wire fraud and conspiring to violate an anti-kickback statute involving prescriptions for Insys Therapeutics' fentanyl spray. Prosecutors said Freedman received $308,600 in speaker fees from Insys from 2012 to 2015 in exchange for prescribing the drugmaker's painkiller Subsys.
Reuters (12/5) 
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FDA approves 3 generic versions of Gilenya
The FDA approved generic versions of Novartis' Gilenya multiple sclerosis drug from HEC Pharm, Biocon and Sun Pharmaceutical.
Reuters (12/5) 
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