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Many FDA Approved Generic Drugs Aren’t Reaching Market

Millions of Americans have found that a doctor’s prescription for a generic drug works as well as a brand-name drug and the price is usually much less. (I recognize there are exceptions for effectiveness and price.)

Consumers pay 94% of the branded drug price on average when one generic firm enters the market, but that drops to 52% with two competitors and to 44% with three, according to a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) analysis. The savings ripple across the health-care system, and in 2016 generics saved $253 billion, according to a June 2017 report from the Association for Accessible Medicines.

This is why the NRLN for years has lobbied for legislation that would prohibit pay-for-delay, the practice of brand-name drug companies compensating generic drug manufacturers to delay the entry of a generic drug into the U.S. market. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that such deals cost consumers and taxpayers $3.5 billion a year.

Also, the NRLN has supported providing adequate funding to clear the FDA product approval backlog of over 4,000 generics, making more affordable alternatives more readily available to patients.

Congress has increased the FDA budget and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, head of the FDA says the agency is focusing on speeding up the approval process for generic drugs so consumers have cheaper alternatives to brand-name drugs. The FDA has approved more than 1,600 generic drug applications since January 2017 – about a third more than it did in 2015 to 2016.

I learned some disgusting news from a Kaiser Health News on February 7. Of the 1,600 generic drugs that the FDA has approved in the past two years, more than 700 (about 44%) of those generics weren’t on the U.S. market as of early January 2019. Also disturbing, 36% of generics that would be the first to compete against a branded drug are not yet for sale.

This is an outrage!

The article noted that pharmaceutical industry experts say a variety of factors are to blame for generics not reaching U.S. markets. Sellers of generics have fought for years against patent litigation and other delay tactics that protect brand-name drugs from competition. However, in recent years, vast industry consolidation has reduced the ranks of companies willing to purchase and distribute generics. And, in some cases, makers of generics obtain approvals and ultimately make a business decision to sit on them.

An example on not being on the market, there are six different generic versions of Nitropress, a heart failure drug, whose price spiked 310% in 2015.

The first generic to take on a branded drug is granted 180 days of exclusivity by the FDA before the second and third generics can be approved. “We don’t like that companies are able to just park [a generic for] 180 days while they cut a deal not to come to market,” Gottlieb said, adding that with help from Congress he hopes to force companies to forfeit exclusivity if they don’t launch on time.

I agree with Henry Waxman, the former Congressman who co-sponsored the 1984 law that paved the way for the generic approval process, who said in the article he suspects anti-competitive behavior is a at least partly to blame and that revisions to the so-called Hatch-Waxman Act might be needed. The NRLN is going to look into whether an update to the law is necessary.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network


PHARMA CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONGRESS

money Learn About the Dollars Members of Congress Have Been Receiving from Pharma since the 2012 election cycle . How much did your U.S. Representatives and Senators and newly elected members take as campaign contributions from the Pharmaceutical and Health Products Industry for the 2018 election ? Could these be a reason why bills to reduce the price of prescription drugs are not being passed? Click here to see data that the NRLN has compiled from OpenSecrets.Org, Center for Responsive Politics. The contributions are for each 2-year election cycle. Note that Representatives run every cycle; Senators every 6 years (3 cycles), one third every 2 years.

ACTION ALERT

Congress Must Act to Reduce Price of Prescription Drugs

For years members of Congress have been giving lip service on the need for legislation to reduce the price of prescription drugs, but bills haven’t been passed. This is the year that reasonable bills already introduced in Congress must get passed. Click here to email the NRLN’s sample letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators to tell them you endorse passage of bills supported by the National Retiree Legislative Network to reduce the price of prescription drugs.



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NRLN Provides New “Report Card” Feature on Members of Congress

NRLN has introduced a “report card” for each state that shows whether the U.S. Representatives and Senators have supported bills in Congress advocated by the NRLN. Read all about it here.


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The AREF is always seeking ways to increase its funding through individual tax-deductible contributions, grants from public and private foundations, individual tax-deductible bequests and non-traditional ways. AREF funds pay for a number of tasks previously paid for by the NRLN. For example, the updating this month of the white paper on Protecting Pension Assets which is used to educate members of Congress on the need for legislation to prevent pension plan sponsors from using plan assets for non-pension expenses. Access the white paper here.

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IN THE NEWS...

The articles and opinion pieces below are for information and are not necessarily a reflection of the NRLN’s position on issues. The NRLN is nonpartisan and its positions on retirement issues are presented in its Legislative Agenda and white papers that can be accessed from the Legislative Agenda tab.

Opinion: Why Social Security Expansion May Stiff the Poor
By Andrew Biggs, National Review – Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Do Democrats Want to Roll Back Consumer-Friendly Health Options?
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Feb 15, 2019

Medicare proposes coverage for new, expensive cancer treatment
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 15, 2019

Hospital Drug Prices Are Up to 7 Times Greater Than Medicare Pricing
By Don Reisinger; Fortune ~ Feb 15, 2019

JAMA Pushes Health-Care Rationing
By Wesley J. Smith; National Review ~ Feb 15, 2019

Federal court agrees to let Democrats defend ObamaCare in court
By Lydia Wheeler & Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 14, 2019

Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 14, 2019

Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Feb 14, 2019

Medicare At 50 Act Targets Early Retirees
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 14, 2019

Trump's free market approach to drug pricing will help lower costs
From Dr. Marc Siegel; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2019

McCarthy blames 2018 House losses on GOP's health care stance: report
By Juliegrace Brufke - 02/13/19 03; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2019

Seniors' Health Costs May Be Moderating But The Need For Long-Term Care May Be Growing
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Pre-existing conditions: Political versus financial reality
From David Balat; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Bernie Sanders would like to talk about Social Security
From Helaine Olen; The Washington Post ~ Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Major Clinical Trial Links High Blood Pressure And Mild Cognitive Impairment
From Robin Seaton Jefferson; Forbes ~ Feb 13, 2019

Pharma Companies Dramatically Slash List Price For Cholesterol Drug In Rare Move
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 12, 2019

Greedy tort bar tarts up the CREATES Act
From Peter J. Pitts; The Hill ~ Feb 12, 2019

A political ‘bomb’ over drug prices could threaten NAFTA 2.0
By Paul Wiseman; The Associated Press ~ Feb 12, 2019

Opinion: Fostering Transparency In The Pharmaceutical Market
From Wayne Winegarden; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2019

Record health care spending driven by rising prices, not increased services: study
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 12, 2019

Is a Tax Refund Ahead in Your 2019? Some Taxpayers Received a Tax Bill Instead
By Ben Steverman, Laura Davison, & “Bloomberg”; Fortune ~ Feb 11, 2019

Drug pricing reforms will disrupt cancer care for millions
From Leslie Busby; The Hill ~ Feb 12, 2019

Medicare, Medicaid contain costs better than private insurers, study says
By Shelby Livingston; Modern Healthcare ~ Feb 12, 2019

Social Security's Financial Torture Of This 81-Year-Old Widow Due To Its Own Mistake
From Laurence Kotlikoff; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2019

GOP senators introduce bill to end pensions for retiring lawmakers
By Tal Axelrod; The Hill ~ Feb 12, 2019

Opinion: 4 Ways to Get Yourself Audited This Year
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 10, 2019

Opinion: Drug pricing is secretive. Fix that first
From G. William Hoagland; Roll Call ~ Feb 11, 2019

US Treasury Approves Benefits Cuts for Two More Pensions
By Michael Katz; Chief Investment Officer ~ Feb 11, 2019

False Lead: Senator’s Offer To Help Patient Import Cheap Insulin Goes Nowhere
By Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 11, 2019

These companies are illegally selling products claiming to treat Alzheimer’s
By Tomi Kilgore; MarketWatch ~ Feb 11, 2019

FDA to crack down on dietary supplements
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 11, 2019

Here's a key way to prevent paying more for your health care than you should
By Sarah O'Brien; CNBC ~ Feb 11, 2019

Republicans can’t wait to debate 'Medicare for all'
By Alice Miranda Ollstein; Politico ~ Feb 10, 2019

Democratic White House hopeful hits Medicare for all as 'bad opening offer'
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Feb 10, 2019

Opinion: In Medicare For All Battle, Insurers Tout Democratic Allies
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 10, 2019

Commentary: Democrats' Social Security Expansion Plan Is Flawed
By Brenton Smith, Orlando Sentinel – Feb 7, 2019

Access to insurance coverage improved under the ACA, but more of those covered are now underinsured: survey

Opinion: Four Reasons To Avoid Reverse Mortgages
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2019

Why you have no idea how much a surgery really costs (before you have it)
By Kari Paul; MarketWatch ~ Feb 09, 2019

Opinion: Americans have $1 trillion problem
From Douglas Criscitello; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2019

Opinion: Another recession will happen eventually, and you should start preparing now
From Liz Weston, NW; USA TODAY ~ Feb 08, 2019

White House report: Administration not sabotaging ObamaCare
By Nathaniel Weixel ; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2019

Tax Filers Are Seeing Smaller Refunds on Average in 2019 (So Far)
By Brittany Shoot; Fortune ~ Feb 08, 2019

Support For ‘Medicare For All’ Plummets If It Means Getting Rid Of Private Insurance System, Poll Finds
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 08, 2019

Trump Administration Salutes Parade Of Generic Drug Approvals, But Hundreds Aren’t For Sale
By Sydney Lupkin & Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 07, 2019

Column: Medicare Part D no match for runaway specialty drug costs: study
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Feb 07, 2019

Opinion: Comprehensive Bill To Aid Retirement Security Likely To Pass House This Year Says Ways & Means Chair
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Feb 06, 2019

Drug costs impact the financial well-being of older adults
From Linda Phillips; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2019

Dems unveil bill for Medicare to negotiate drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2019

Opinion: New Proposal To Update Social Security Fails To Address One Of The Biggest Issues
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Feb 07, 2019

It's Time To Go Big On Social Security Reform
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Feb 07, 2019

Would Trump's New Drug Rebate Rule Help You?
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 06, 2019

Trump’s Mandate That Lawmakers Should ‘Do More’ On Drug Prices Greeted With Mixed Reactions
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 06, 2019

House Dems to mull bills to overturn Trump ObamaCare actions
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 06, 2019

Trump Wants To Require Drug Makers, Insurers And Hospitals To Disclose Prices
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 05, 2019

Let’s Be More Honest About the Politics of ‘Medicare for All’
From Josh Marshall; Talking Points Memo ~ Feb 06, 2019

Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act reintroduced in House
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Feb 06, 2019

Bernie Sanders Accuses Drugmaker Of ‘Fleecing’ Americans With Staggering $375,000 List Price For Drug That Was Once Free
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 05, 2019

Bipartisan senators ask industry for information on surprise medical bills
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 05, 2019

Primary care changes could be part of Senate effort to lower health care costs
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Roll Call ~ Feb 05, 2019

Most Americans Support Increasing Taxes on the Wealthy: Poll
By Natasha Bach; Fortune ~ Feb 04, 2019

Congress wants these 7 drug company CEOs to testify about prices
By Lev Facher; Stat ~ Feb 04, 2019

Trump’s plan to improve healthcare, that everyone said wouldn’t work, is already working
From Jack Hunter; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 04, 2019

The Misguided Schumer-Sanders Buyback Solution
From Stephen Gandel; Bloomberg ~ Feb 04, 2019

Winners and losers under bold Trump plan to slash drug rebate deals
By Jay Hancock, KHN; FierceHealthcare ~ Feb 04, 2019

As Democrats Talk Single Payer, Private Medicare Advantage Soars
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 03, 2019

Opinion: Progressives pulling a bait-and-switch with 'Medicare for All'
From Paul R. Gregory; The Hill ~ Feb 03, 2019

Opinion: 'Medicare-for-all' means long waits for poor care, and Americans won't go for it once they learn these facts
From Sally Pipes; Fox News ~ Feb 02, 2019

Opinion: 3 Common Mistakes You Don't Want To Make This Tax Season
From Erik Carter; Forbes ~ Feb 03, 2019

Drug prices may drop under Medicare reform plans – But it could come at great cost to patients' health
By Sandip Shah; Fox News ~ Feb 03, 2019

Democrats Push Plan to Increase Social Security Benefits and Solvency
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Feb 03, 2019

Clash of Giants: UnitedHealth Takes On Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase
By Reed Abelson; The New York Times ~ Feb 01, 2019

Medicare for All Emerges as Early Policy Test for 2020 Democrats
By Jonathan Martin & Abby Goodnough; The New York Times ~ Feb 02, 2019

U.S. judge throws out Maryland bid to protect Obamacare law
By Lawrence Hurley; Reuters ~ Feb 01, 2019

Four states move to join defense of ObamaCare in lawsuit
By Jessie Hellmann ; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2019

Trump predicts ObamaCare will be 'terminated' by the courts
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2019

Opinion: Amid Medicare For All Talk, Insurance Industry Poll Says 66% Support 'Existing' System
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 01, 2019

Opinion: Medicare star ratings perpetuate health disparities
From Dr. Sophia Chang; The Hill ~ Jan 31, 2019

Trump health chief presses Congress to pass drug discount plan
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2019

Drugmakers’ Rebates For Middlemen Would Be Viewed As Illegal Kickbacks Under Trump Administration’s Proposal
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 01, 2019

Progressives' wealth taxes won't even come close to funding their pet projects
From Tiana Lowe; The Washington Examiner ~ Jan 31, 2019

Your iPhone Can Now Store Your Health Records: Why Should You Care?
From Shourjya Sanyal; Forbes ~ Jan 31, 2019

Romney warns drug execs: 'change is coming'
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 31, 2019

Ads For Short-Term Plans Lacking ACA Protections Swamped Consumers’ Online Searches
By Steven Findlay; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 31, 2019

Retirement Tips for a Long Lifetime
By Janet Bodnar; Kiplinger ~ Jan 31, 2019

Trump officials make new moves to lower drug prices
By Nathaniel Weixel, The Hill – Jan 31, 2019

A Tutorial on Social Security's Asset Reserves
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 31, 2019

Social Security expansion to get serious hearing in U.S. House
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Jan 31, 2019

Opinion: Hey, Elizabeth Warren: The Rich Will Find A Way To Outfox Your Tax Plan
From Larry Light; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2019

Column: The dangerous allure of 'Medicare for all'
From Steve Chapman; Chicago Tribune ~ Jan 30, 2019

The Big Surprising Cost In Retirement No One Plans For, But Should
From Joseph Coughlin; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2019

Tyson recalls 36K pounds of chicken nuggets that may contain rubber
By Tal Axelrod ; The Hill ~ Jan 30, 2019

Opinion: Do You Need To File A Tax Return In 2019?
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2019

House Democrats roll out bill that would expand Social Security
By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch – Jan 30, 2019

Bloomberg on Medicare for all: 'You could never afford that'
By John Bowden; The Hill ~ Jan 29, 2019

Even if it survives the courts, ObamaCare needs help
By Thomas M. Priselac & John A. Romley; The Hill ~ Jan 29, 2019

Democrats seek to cut U.S. budget deficits in half: Yarmuth
By Richard Cowan & Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Jan 29, 2019

Senior lawmakers from both parties target rising drug prices in hearings

GOP chairman: I'll be 'insistent' on drug companies testifying on their prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 29, 2019

Opinion: To lower drug prices, we should pursue price transparency — not price controls

U.S. lawmaker Yarmuth says Democrats to begin Medicare for All hearings
By Yasmeen Abutaleb & Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Jan 29, 2019

Opinion: States are moving forward with ‘Medicare for all’: More power to them
From Robert Henneke, ; The Hill ~ Jan 28, 2019

As Many As Two Million People Exposed To Blood-Pressure Drugs Containing Probable Carcinogens
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 28, 2019

Sen. Grassley, Senate Finance Committee to Investigate Drug Pricing in First Hearing in 116th Congress
Via “Business Wire”; The Associated Press ~ Jan 28, 2019

How much would 'Medicare for All' cost? Democrats' health care plan explained
By Jennifer Earl; Fox News ~ Jan 28, 2019

Opinion - BO DIETL: How To Make Your Data A Little More Secure This Data Privacy Day
From Bo Dietl; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 28, 2019

2020 Democrats Face Voters Uneducated About Medicare For All
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 27, 2019

Retirement investing do's and don'ts for 2019
From Ken Fisher; USA TODAY ~ Jan 27, 2019

Opinion: Our divided, dysfunctional government should at least be able to lower drug prices
From Ted Kaufman; USA TODAY ~ Jan 27, 2019

Opinion: What Can You Do To Help Your Parents Avoid Financial Abuse?
From Robert Mauterstock; Forbes ~ Jan 27, 2019

Opinion: Honey, What's Our Retirement Plan?
From Dirk Cotton; Forbes ~ Jan 26, 2019

Drug-Pricing Policies Find New Momentum As ‘A 2020 Thing’
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 25, 2019

Opinion: Avoid future shutdowns by making the President and Congress share the pain
From James Pardew: The Hill; ~ Jan 25, 2019

Richest in U.S. Have a Few Tricks to Avoid Democrats' Tax Plans
By Ben Steverman & Sophie Alexander; Bloomberg ~ Jan 25, 2019

Opinion: The Power Of Roth Conversions (And Why The New Tax Law Is A 7-Year Gift)
From Louis Terrero; Fortune ~ Jan 25, 2019

A Guide to Democrats’ Plans to Tax the Rich More
By Laura Davison, BNS; The Washington Post ~ Jan 25, 2019

Walgreens Agrees to $296M Settlement in Healthcare Fraud Cases
By Jessica Kent; HealthPayer Intelligence ~ Jan 25, 2019

Trump administration's Medicare Part D proposal risks patient protections
From Margarida Jorge; The Hill ~ Jan 25, 2019

World Health Organization Suggests Cancer Drug Prices Are Too High
By Don Reisinger; Fortune ~ Jan 25, 2019

Opinion: We need more price transparency in health care
From David Balat; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2019

Health care industry group launches digital ads against 'Medicare for all'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2019

Trump Targets Surprise Medical Billing As Administration Pushes For More Transparency In Health Care Pricing
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 24, 2019

Opinion: Medigap Plan F Or Plan G?
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Jan 24, 2019

Robbing Grandma And Grandpa: Reports Of Financial Abuse Of The Elderly Skyrocketed In The Past 5 Years
By Evie Fordham; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 24, 2019

Law enforcement officials warn residents about Social Security scam calls
By “Staff”; FOX 13 News ~ Jan 24, 2019

Senators Again Floating Importing Prescription Drugs
By Charles Fain Lehman; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 23, 2019

Trump pledges to stop surprise medical bills
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Jan 23, 2019

86% of Payers Fail to Deliver Readable Medicare Communications
By Jennifer Bresnick; HealthPayer Intelligence ~ Jan 23, 2019

Poll: Americans Want Universal Medicare But Don’t Want To Pay Higher Taxes For It
From David Krayden; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 23, 2019

IRS Forms 1099 Are Coming: Pay Attention To What You Receive
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 23, 2019

Trump deserves more credit for health policy improvements
By Quin Hillyer; The Washington Examiner ~ Jan 23, 2019

Americans Support ‘Medicare For All’ In Theory, But Support Plummets When Realities Of Paying For It Are Specified
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 23, 2019

Opinion: Retirement security is needed to fight ‘senior poverty’
From Donald Norcross; The Inquirer ~ Jan 23, 2019

Insulin costs doubled over five-year period: study
By Jessie Hellmann ; The Hill ~ Jan 22, 2019

Consumers Could Be On Hook For More Health Costs Under Trump Proposal To Incentivize Generic Drugs
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 22, 2019

Democrats’ plan to neuter Medicare for All irks liberals
By Alice Miranda Ollstein & Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Jan 22, 2019

Pelosi works her health care strategy from the ground up
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 22, 2019

What Are The Signs Of High Blood Pressure?
By “ Quora”; Forbes ~ Jan 22, 2019

The 10 tax law changes that will most affect your 2018 personal return
By Bill Bischoff; MarketWatch ~ Jan 22, 2019

Opinion: 3 smart ways Trump can disrupt health care and drive down costs

Opinion: Donald Trump Did Something Right
From Elisabeth Rosenthal; The New York Times ~ Jan 21, 2019

Opinion: Federal employees get perks taxpayers can only dream of
From Kristin Tate; The Hill ~ Jan 21, 2019

Rx drug prices continue to rise -- here’s what you can do
By Walecia Konrad; CBS News ~ Jan 21, 2019

As Shutdown Drags On, Worries Emerge About Spikes In Obamacare Premiums
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 20, 2019

High prices are still plaguing health care, and the more we talk about it, the better
From Mitchell Schnurman; The Dallas Morning News ~ Jan 20, 2019

Ready, Set, File! Seven Tax Deductions You Can Take Even If You Don't Itemize
From Ron Carson; Forbes ~ Jan 20, 2019

5 ways Trump is changing health care
By Tami Luhby; CNN ~ Jan 19, 2019

FDA: Irbesartan lots recalled over likely carcinogen
By Sommer Brokaw; United Press International ~ Jan 19, 2019

Due Dates For Your W-2, 1099 & Other Tax Forms In 2019 (And What To Do If They're Missing)
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jan 18, 2019

MedPAC recommends Congress target rebate traps, biosimilars to bring down drug prices
By Eli Richman; FierceHealthcare ~ Jan 18, 2019

FDA To Focus On Drug Review Process As Shutdown Forces Agency To Make Tough Prioritization Decisions
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 18, 2019

PBGC steps in to oversee Sears' two pension plans
By Soundarya J; Reuters ~ Jan 18, 2019

Secretive ‘Rebate Trap’ Keeps Generic Drugs For Diabetes And Other Ills Out Of Reach
By Jay Hancock & Sydney Lupkin; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 18, 2019

Drug Companies Used Shortages, Recalls To Hike Prices As Much As 1,137 Percent, Report Finds
By Evie Fordham; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 18, 2019

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees
By Sandra Block, David Muhlbaum & Rocky Mengle, ; Kiplinger ~ Jan 18, 2019

Maxine Waters: House Financial Services’ priorities include financial stability, diversity
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 17, 2019

Why Older Adults Should Eat More Protein (And Not Overdo Protein Shakes)
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 17, 2019

Three-quarters of doctors feel burnout, experts call it a public health crisis
By Tauren Dyson; United Press International ~ Jan 17, 2019

PhRMA CEO 'hopeful' Trump officials will back down on drug pricing move
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 16, 2019

Dem chairwoman plans hearing on Medicare for all proposals
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 16, 2019

How Mobile Medical Services Are Improving Health Care
By Morris Panner; Forbes ~ Jan 16, 2019

The Electronics Industry Sees Money In Your Health
By Eric Taub; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 16, 2019

House Dems fire first salvo in drug pricing fight
By Nathaniel Weixel ; The Hill ~ Jan 16, 2019

How Does the Government Shutdown Affect Medicare? Plus, find out about the partial shutdown's impact on health coverage for veterans and government employees.
By Kimberly Lankford; Kiplinger ~ Jan 16, 2019

Hospitals now must list medical costs for patients, but clarity is elusive
By Daniel Uria; United Press International ~ Jan 16, 2019

Opinion: Yes To Refunds, No To Audits: What To Expect From IRS During The Shutdown
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jan 15, 2019

IRS waiving penalty for some in first filing season under Trump's tax law
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Jan 16, 2019

Microsoft and Walgreens join forces to take on Amazon in health care
By Paul R. La Monica; CNN Business ~ Jan 15, 2019

Opinion: Most Americans Say U.S. Health Care Is in a 'State of Crisis'
By Erik Sherman; Fortune ~ Jan 15, 2019

Opinion: Dem pollster says government health-care programs more popular than private insurance
From Julia Manchester; The Hill ~ Jan 15, 2019

Walmart opts to leave CVS partnerships over pricing dispute
By Ankur Banerjee & Saumya Joseph; Reuters ~ Jan 15, 2019

Medicare changes could have some patients paying more for drugs
By Lisa Rapaport; Reuters ~ Jan 14, 2019

Assessing Trump's First 2 Years For Older Americans
From Chris Farrell; Forbes ~ Jan 15, 2019

Opinion: The New 1040 Will Fit On A (Big) Postcard, But It Won't Make Tax Filing Any Simpler
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Jan 15, 2019

How the new Form 1040 could simplify your life and save you money on tax prep — if you’re lucky
By Bill Bischoff; MarketWatch ~ Jan 15, 2019

More than three-quarters of Americans believe health system is experiencing a 'major crisis'
By Jeff Lagasse; Healthcare Finance ~ Jan 14, 2019

Executive Spotlight—Don Berwick on how federal health policy is 'backpedaling'
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Jan 14, 2019

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Obama-Era Financial Agency
By Connor D. Wolf; LifeZette ~ Jan 14, 2019

Oversight launches major drug pricing investigation
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 14, 2019

What's New For Medicare In 2019?
From Joe Baker; Forbes ~ Jan 14, 2019

Opinion: Trump's New Vision for Health Care
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Jan 14, 2019

Blue states buck Trump to expand health coverage
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 13, 2019

Opinion: An easy, free way to lower health-care costs for millions of Americans
From Dr. Lee Gross; The Hill ~ Jan 13, 2019

Why Is It So Hard To Talk To Aging Parents About Money?
From Carolyn Rosenblatt; Forbes ~ Jan 12, 2019

Government Shutdown Spares Medicare, Medicaid, But Has Other Impacts
By Jennifer Bresnick; Healthpayer Intelligence ~ Jan 12, 2019

New phone scam warns Social Security number has been turned off
From “Local News”; WKBN ~ Jan 12, 2019

Estimated taxes are due Jan. 15 and you don't get a reprieve despite the shutdown
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Jan 12, 2019

Opinion: Influx of women in Congress can improve women’s retirement security
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ Jan 11, 2019

Judge pauses appeal of ObamaCare ruling, cites government shutdown
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 11, 2019

Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug prices
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 11, 2019

Insurers fleeced taxpayers out of $9 billion in phony drug charges. Does anyone care?
From Former Rep. Jim Greenwood (R-Pa.) ; The Hill ~ Jan 11, 2019

What you need to know about US Postal Service's 2019 price changes
By Kristin Lam; USA TODAY ~ Jan 09, 2019

Sanders, Dems unveil sweeping bills to lower drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 10, 2019

Are the Rich Killing Social Security?
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 10, 2019

Making healthcare more accessible and medications more affordable: Technology to the rescue
Via “Brandpoint”; The Associated Press ~ Jan 10, 2019

GOP pollster predicts Republicans will have chance to reboot health care plan ahead of 2020
By Julia Manchester; The Hill ~ Jan 10, 2019

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Bill To Eliminate Obamacare Tax
From William Davis ; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 10, 2019

House Dems Vote To Intervene In Health Law Suit In Largely Symbolic Move To Put GOP In Political Hot Seat
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 10, 2019

Ten Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Jan 09, 2019

Holding U.S. Treasuries? Beware: Uncle Sam Can't Account For $21 Trillion

Fed says it will be patient with future rate hikes
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 09, 2019

Social Security a no-show in the midterms
By Brenton Smith, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Jan 8, 2019

GOP seeks health care reboot after 2018 losses
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Jan 09, 2019

New Congress Will Hold Historic Hearings On Expanding Social Security And Medicare
From Nancy Altman; Forbes ~ Jan 08, 2019

Democrats seek early victories on drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 09, 2019

The surprising reason drug prices are on the rise
By Dylan Scott, Vox – Jan 7, 2019

Trump summons advisers to White House over drug price hikes
By Dan Diamond, Adam Cancryn & Sarah Owermohle; Politico ~ Jan 08, 2019

Opinion: 2 Ways To Navigate The Medicare Maze
From Eric Parr; Forbes ~ Jan 08, 2019

Dem chairman requests CBO report on design of single-payer bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 08, 2019

Democrats demand answers on Trump short-term insurance plans
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 08, 2019

Health Care Industry Spends $30B A Year Pushing Its Wares, From Drugs To Stem Cell Treatment
By Liz Szabo; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 08, 2019

Justice Department Says Shutdown Affects Its Ability To Respond To House Democrats’ Intervention In Health Law Case
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 08, 2019

Social Security: Don't Stop the Music!
From Olivia Mitchell; Forbes ~ Jan 08, 2019

DOJ asks for extension in ObamaCare lawsuit due to shutdown
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 07, 2019

IRS Forms 1099 Come Soon: Taxing Investors, Sharing Economy & Everyone Else
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 07, 2019

Commentary: Retirees will continue to face headwinds in 2019
By Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Jan 07, 2019

Opinion: People who saved for retirement are being punished by Social Security taxes
From Liz Weston; MarketWatch ~ Jan 07, 2019

Pelosi Wants More Americans Subsidized To Buy Obamacare
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 06, 2019

Opinion: This Social Security Proposal Is Terrible, but a Growing Number of Americans Support It
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 06, 2019

Democrats look to unlikely ally on drug pricing: Donald Trump
By Christopher Rowland; The Washington Post ~ Jan 04, 2019

4 Ways Social Security Is Set to Change in 2019
By Rita Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 056, 2019

Opinion: Do You Think You Have A Food Allergy? New Study Says There Is A 50% Chance You Don't
From Victoria Forster; Forbes ~ Jan 04, 2019

Opinion: Health care in 2019: 3 predictions for the year ahead
From Michael Strazzella, ; The Hill ~ Jan 05, 2019

Opinion: U.S. health care is an ongoing miserable failure
From Anders Åslund; The Hill ~ Jan 05, 2019

Opinion: What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Don’t Want You to Know
From Alex Berenson; The New York Times ~ Jan 05, 2019

Jayapal introduces bill to repeal pay-go
By Tal Axelrod; The Hill ~ Jan 05, 2019

How providers, patients could benefit from CMS’ newly instated price transparency rule
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Jan 04, 2019 | Jan 4, 2019 7:15am

Your Taxes Are Still Due During the Government Shutdown, But You Won't Get a Refund
By Chris Morris; Fortune ~ Jan 03, 2019

As health law case goes to appeals court, sign-ups steady
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 03, 2019

Pelosi Promises To Lower Health Care Costs, Tackle Prescription Drug Prices As She Retakes House Gavel
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 04, 2019

House formally moves to intervene in ObamaCare lawsuit
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 04, 2019

Democrats won the House on Obamacare. Here’s how they plan to defend it.
By Adam Cancryn & Alice Miranda Ollstein; Politico ~ Jan 04, 2019

Opinion: Trump's Fed attacks show why markets should set interest rates
From Bert Ely; The Hill ~ Jan 04, 2019

Pelosi supports holding hearings on 'Medicare for all'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 03, 2019

Study: Older people worried about health insurance now, in future
By Tauren Dyson; United Press International ~ Jan 03, 2019

UAW sues GM over use of temporary workers at Indiana plant
By Ben Klayman; Reuters ~ Jan 03, 2019

Democratic states appeal ruling that would kill Obamacare
By Paul Demko; Politico ~ Jan 03, 2019

How The Government Shutdown Affects Health Programs
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 03, 2019

Opinion: 15 money moves to make in 2019
By Catey Hill; MarketWatch ~ Jan 03, 2019

Drugmakers ring in the new year with higher drug prices
By Peter Weber; The Week ~ Jan 02, 2019

House to vote next week on intervening to defend ObamaCare in court
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 02, 2019

Opinion: A Vote Against Nancy Pelosi Is A Vote To Cut Social Security
From Nancy Altman; Forbes ~ Jan 02, 2019

Opinion: Answering Sen. Alexander’s challenge: Eliminating waste from health spending in the right way
From Dan Leonard; The Hill ~ Jan 02, 2019

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