Drug Pricing Initiatives: Debate continues regarding the drug pricing measures pending in Congress. On June 22, 2021, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden released legislative principles that, among other things, would extend to commercial insurers the same drug prices that Medicare negotiates. At the same time, Democratic lawmakers are reportedly discussing which health policies to include in upcoming legislation as part of a reconciliation package. For example, House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo reportedly wants to include policies that both close the Medicaid coverage gap and extend Medicare coverage to additional benefits.
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