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NRLN President’s Forum: Not a Surprise, Prices Surging on Older Drugs

If you take a prescription drug that has been on the market for a few years, it will probably not be a surprise to you what a study from the University of Pittsburg and the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care found.

The study published in the January issue of Health Affairs found that consumers are paying more for drugs -- sometimes a lot more -- but it’s the same drug as before. It hasn’t changed and it’s not “new and improved.”

“It makes sense to pay more for new drugs if they are more effective, safer or treat a new disease you didn’t have a treatment for,” said Inmaculada Hernandez, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Pitt and lead author of the study. “But the high year-over-year increases in costs of existing products do not reflect improved value.”

The researchers found that each year the price of brand-name oral medications increased by about 9 percent – nearly five times the rate of general inflation over the same time period – and the price of brand-name injectables increased by 15 percent. Soaring prices were overwhelmingly attributable to existing drugs.

The NRLN advocated the passage of a number of bills in the 115th Congress that would have reduced the price of prescription drugs. Those bills died when the 115th Congress ended on December 31, 2018. It is appalling how our elected members of Congress from both parties ignore their constituents; take money from drug companies that gouge us and yet expect us to be loyal to them. It is time show them the door!

Some new bills with the objective of reducing the cost of prescription drugs have been introduced in the 116th Congress. Among these bills are proposal legislation to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D and allow the importation of safe, affordable medicine from Canada and other countries that meet FDA quality standards.

The NRLN’s Legislative Affairs Committee (LAC) has begun examining the newly introduced bills and will soon make recommendations to the NRLN’s Legislative Action Planning Committee (LAPC) whose members will decide which bills leaders of the NRLN, Retiree Associations and Chapters will lobby for during our fly-in to Washington, DC the last week of February.

Also, at some point we will email an Action Alert to you, our Grassroots Advocates, requesting that you send letters to your U.S. Senators and Representatives to urge them to support the passage of certain bills to reduce the price of prescription drugs.

Watch for more information.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network


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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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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.

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.

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

Nancy Pelosi's Golden Opportunity To Lead Again On Health Care
From Chris Conover; Forbes ~ Dec 31, 2018

Gallup Polls Reveal Obamacare's Failures
From Chris Conover; Forbes ~ Jan 01, 2019

Opinion: Three Things To Ask Your Financial Advisor Right Now
From Robert Laura; Forbes ~ Jan 01, 2019

Opinion: Don't let Elizabeth Warren ruin the generic drug market
From Sally Pipes; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 31, 2018

Opinion: 2019 Could Be A Year Of Relative Calm For Obamacare
By Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Dec 31, 2018

Judge who struck down ObamaCare says it will remain in place during appeal process
By Emily Birnbaum; The Hill ~ Dec 30, 2018

What's coming for healthcare in 2019? Health system executives weigh in
By Tina Reed & Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 31, 2018

Democrats head into 2019 divided on how to fix health care
By Tami Luhby; CNN ~ Dec 31, 2018

Opinion: Medicare At 55 Could Gain Momentum In 2019
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Dec 30, 2018

‘Medicare for all’ advocates emboldened by ObamaCare lawsuit
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 30, 2018

Opinion: Why retirees should feel very worried right now
From Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Dec 29, 2018

‘Medicare for All’ Gains Favor With Democrats Looking Ahead to 2020
By Robert Pear, New York Times – Dec 29, 2018

As a grocery chain is dismantled, investors recover their money. Worker pensions are short millions
By Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post – Dec 28, 2018

Federal judge blocks Trump administration's cuts to discount drug program
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 28, 2018

IRS unable to recoup nearly $1 billion in Obamacare subsidies
By Tom Howell Jr. ; The Washington Times ~ Dec 27, 2018

Hospitals must make prices public starting Jan. 1
By Carrie Teegardin; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ~ Dec 28, 2018

Your Doctor’s Hospital System Contract Could Be Costing You Money
By Evie Fordham; The Daily Caller ~ Dec 27, 2018

U.S. retirees try to keep cool as stocks tumble
By Tim McLaughlin; Reuters ~ Dec 28, 2018

Social Security Checks Paid, But Government Shutdown Can Still Damage Program
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Dec 28, 2018

Pharmacy benefit managers can still game the system despite Senate attempt to close Medicaid loophole
From Dr. Robert Levin, ; The Hill ~ Dec 27, 2018

Opinion: Unanticipated Responsibility: How Will Caring For Others Impact Your Retirement?
From Gregg Lunceford, Ph.D., CFP®; Forbes ~ Dec 27, 2018

Fast-food industry turns to seniors as reliable workers
By Andrew Malcolm; Hot Air ~ Dec 26, 2018

Drug prices will jump in 2019
By Jack Craver; BenefitsPRO ~ Dec 26, 2018

Why you need to have purpose in your daily life even when you retire
From Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ Dec 26, 2018

Opinion: Delaying medical treatment is a higher societal cost
From Dr. Cara Angelotta & Emily Gardiner Lattie; The Hill ~ Dec 24, 2018

Opinion: Taxpayers Unprepared for Changes in Trump's Tax Law
From Lawrence Carrel; Forbes ~ Dec 24, 2018

Incompetent Federal Policies Hurt Retirees And Older Workers
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Dec 24, 2018

Opinion: Perhaps it is now time to end the health-care war
From Richard Manski; The Hill ~ Dec 24, 2018

It's time to fix Social Security's tax burden
By Liz Weston, Associated Press – Dec 24, 2018

Republicans face 2020 repeat on health care
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 23, 2018

Opinion: The 6 Best Tax Deductions for 2019
By Selena Maranjian; The Motley Fool ~ Dec 23, 2018

FDA warns of antibiotics tied to deadly heart vessel tears
By E.J. Mundell, HDN; United Press International ~ Dec 22, 2018

Will Social Security checks be affected by possible partial government shutdown?
By Najja Parker; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ~ Dec 21, 2018

Opinion: We can empower consumers and restore competition in health care
From Dr. Roger Klen; The Hill ~ Dec 21, 2018

Insurance giants bankroll group that pushes private Medicare
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Richard Lardner; The Associated Press ~ Dec 21, 2018

IRS Reminds Retirees About Retirement Plan Required Distributions
From Timothy M. Todd; Forbes ~ Dec 21, 2018

Opinion: Health Care and the War on the Middle Class
By Clifton Leaf; Fortune ~ Dec 20, 2018

5 Ways Nixing The Affordable Care Act Could Upend The Entire Health System
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 20, 2018

Opinion: What the war over Obamacare is really about
From Monica Crowley; The Washington Times ~ Dec 19, 2018

House passes year-end tax package
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Dec 20, 2018

Millions Of Americans Have Been Benefiting From The Health Law For Years–They Just Might Not Know It
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 19, 2018

Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 19, 2018

Senate GOP blocks bid to intervene in ObamaCare case
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 19, 2018

Opinion: Congress's Worst Nightmare: Obamacare May Be Unconstitutional
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Dec 19, 2018

Opinion: 4 Reasons Congress Should Let Obamacare Die
From Kyle Varner; The Daily Caller ~ Dec 19, 2018

Opinion: Legal Suicide: Obamacare Is Killing Itself
From Terence P. Jeffrey; CNS News ~ Dec 19, 2018

Taking Surprise Medical Bills To Court
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 19, 2018

MetLife to pay $1 million for failing to pay benefits to retirees
By Rob Kozlowski; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 19, 2018

Suck It Up, Buttercup. No One Will Be Happy With Multi-Employer Pension Fixes
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Dec 19, 2018

House GOP Makes Another Push for Year-End Tax Cuts
By David Lerman; Roll Call ~ Dec 18, 2018

Warren unveils bill to lower drug prices by letting government manufacture them
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 18, 2018

Strengthening retirement security for American workers
From Alexander Acosta; The Hill ~ Dec 18, 2018

Opinion: Many Retirees Are Financially Insecure, Yet Nearly All Are Happy Says New Survey
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Dec 18, 2018

Opinion: Tax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategies
From Stephen Chen; Forbes ~ Dec 18, 2018

"I blame myself": Retirement remains out of reach for millions of Americans
By Mark Strassmann, CBS News – Dec 12, 2018

Don't Panic: There's Time To Get ObamaCare Replacement Right
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Dec 17, 2018

Supreme Court to rule ‘in 2020 at the earliest’ after judge finds Obamacare unconstitutional
By Victor Reklaitis; MarketWatch ~ Dec 17, 2018

Trump says he would work with Democrats on 'great' replacement if Obamacare is scrapped
By Caitlin Oprysko; Politico ~ Dec 17, 2018

Obamacare Ruling Hits Health Care Stocks

Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Dec 17, 2018

Trump Officials Say Drug Prices Are Inflated. So Are Some of Their Claims on a Solution.
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Dec 16, 2018

Democrats no longer united on how to save Obamacare as 2020 approaches
By Gregory Krieg & Tami Luhby; CNN ~ Dec 16, 2018

Obama Responds To Obamacare Ruling, Decries Republicans Trying To Overturn Law In Courts
By Scott Morefield; The Daily Caller ~ Dec 16, 2018

Schumer vows to put a vote on the floor urging intervention in ObamaCare case ‘first thing’
By Michael Burke; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2018

Bipartisan senators doubt ruling striking down ObamaCare
By Michael Burke; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2018

Your 2019 Guide to Social Security Benefits
By Matthew Frankel, CFP; The Motley Fool ~ Dec 16, 2018

Five takeaways from the court decision striking down ObamaCare
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 15, 2018

Democrats Vow Rapid Action After Obamacare Tossed by Judge
By Tom Korosec & Kartikay Mehrotra; Bloomberg ~ Dec 15, 2018

Trump celebrates judge's decision tossing core tenets of ObamaCare
By John Bowden; The Hill ~ Dec 15, 2018

The Most Overlooked Issue In Retirement Planning
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Dec 15, 2018

Opinion: Never mind the Social Security increase, seniors are in trouble — here’s why
By Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Dec 15, 2018

A million pension checks risk huge cuts without this fix
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press – Dec 14, 2018

Health Insurance Costs Crushing Many People Who Don’t Get Federal Subsidies
By Steven Findlay; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 14, 2018

Picture of America's health features stark setbacks with a side of progress
By Rose Meltzer; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 14, 2018

Opinion: Are You The Family Caregiver?
From Robert Mauterstock; Forbes ~ Dec 14, 2018

Dems aim to punt vote on ObamaCare taxes
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 13, 2018

The Health 202: There's one bright spot amid dismal Obamacare enrollment results
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Dec 13, 2018

Opinion: Voters on both sides chose people who pledged to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ Dec 13, 2018

For The Asking, A Check Is In The Mail To Help Pay For Costly Drugs
By Sarah Jane Tribble; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2018

Opinion: Free health care is going to be very expensive
From Dr. Vatsal G. Thakkar; The Hill ~ Dec 12, 2018

ObamaCare sign-ups surge in final weeks but lag last year's numbers
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 12, 2018

The PBGC, Multiemployer Pensions, and the Historical Record
By Gordon Gray & Alexander Specht; American Action Forum ~ Dec 12, 2018

Opinion: Older Voters Have Favored the G.O.P. Can Democrats Pry Some Away?
From Frederick R. Lynch; The New York Times ~ Dec 12, 2018

Poll: 6 in 10 say higher health care premiums are 'major concern'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 11, 2018

Opinion: 14 Tips For Making Your Charitable Gift Tax-Deductible In 2018
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Fortune ~ Dec 11, 2018

UnitedHealth Renews Contract With ER Doctors After Months Of Hardball
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Dec 11, 2018

Study highlights long wait times in Canada under single-payer system. Does that make it a bad idea for U.S.?
By Joanne Finnegan; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 11, 2018

ObamaCare signups spike on same day Obama tweeted support
By Nathaniel Weixel ; The Hill ~ Dec 11, 2018

Opinion: A Healthcare Wake-Up Call: Prepare For The Patient Experience Of The Future
From Blake Morgan; Forbes ~ Dec 11, 2018

Study: 4.2 million uninsured people eligible for free ObamaCare coverage
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 11, 2018

The truth about pensions: they aren’t dead, but some are barely holding on
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Dec 11, 2018

Why Is Obamacare Enrollment Down?
By Reed Abelson & Margot Sanger-Katz; The New York Times ~ Dec 06, 2018

Opinion: How to Cut Drug Prices: Experts Weigh In
By Austin Frakt; The New York Times ~ Dec 10, 2018

Study: Statins have low risk of side effects
By Tauren Dyson; United Press International ~ Dec 10, 2018

Opinion: Obamacare Doctor Choices Narrow As Insurers Make More Money
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Dec 09, 2018

More blood pressure meds recalled due to carcinogen
By “HealthDay News”; United Press International ~ Dec 09, 2018

OIG: 46% of Medicare Patients in LTACs Experience Harm
By Maggie Flynn; Skilled Nursing News ~ Dec 09, 2018

Opinion: 4 Basic Financial Documents Every Family Should Have
From Kathryn Flynn; Forbes ~ Dec 07, 2018

Opinion: Do You Know How Much 401K Fees Are Costing You?
From Jaime Catmull; Forbes ~ Dec 08, 2018

Millions of Americans Could Face Surprise Emergency Room Bills in January. A contract fight means thousands of doctors may no longer be in-network.
By John Tozzi; Bloomberg ~ Dec 07, 2018

VP Mike Pence on Social Security: "Everything Has to Be on the Table"
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Dec 08, 2018

House set to vote on bill cracking down on drug companies overcharging Medicaid
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 07, 2018

How to Lower Healthcare Costs: Advice to Congress from AAPS President Marilyn Singleton, M.D., J.D.
Via “Association of American Physicians and Surgeons”; The Associated Press ~ Dec 07, 2018

US health-care spending topped $10,739 per person in 2017: report
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2018/font>

Column: Pfizer and Merck are raising drug prices again, showing that their price cuts were just a sham to mollify Trump
From Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ Dec 06, 2018

Seniors Steamed Over Cuts To SilverSneakers Fitness Program
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 06, 2018

Opinion: Why Retirement Is Broken And Needs To Be Reinvented
From Stephen Chen; Forbes ~ Dec 06, 2018

Without Obamacare Penalty, Think It’ll Be Nice To Drop Your Plan? Better Think Twice
By Emily Bazar; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 05, 2018

Health-care marketplace confusion — here are all of the facts
From Marc Boutin, Matt Eyles & Rick Pollack; The Hill ~ Dec 05, 2018

International price index for medicine will harm patients
From Grover Norquist & Alexander Hendrie; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2018

Column: How to navigate Medicare options as Trump officials boost private plans
By Philip Moeller; PBS ~ Dec 05, 2018

Big Retirement Losses If The Market Crashes Tomorrow
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Dec 05, 2018

Obamacare premiums will get cheaper for the first time
By Katie Lobosco & Tami Luhby; CNN ~ Dec 04, 2018

Poll: 57% believe government should ensure health insurance
By Allen Cone; United Press International ~ Dec 03, 2018

In Grandma’s Stocking: An Apple Watch To Monitor Falls, Track Heart Rhythms
By Rachel Bluth; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 04, 2018

Opinion: Time is money: Let’s open Social Security field offices, not close them
From Nancy Altman; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2018

Hopeful Signs For Elder Care From Trump's HHS Secretary
By “Next Avenue”; Forbes ~ Dec 04, 2018

Physician Practice Roundup—Study finds Americans concerned about hospitals acquiring independent practices
By Joanne Finnegan; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 04, 2018

Trump's drug-prices-in-ads idea gets two more nay votes as federal comment deadline looms
By Beth Snyder Bulik; FiercePharma ~ Dec 03, 2018

Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 03, 2018

Opinion: Trump keeps ignoring the biggest economic crisis of our generation
From Kristin Tate; The Hill ~ Dec 02, 2018

Column: You've got one month to get your taxes in order — here's what to consider
From Russ Wiles; Arizona Republic ~ Dec 02, 2018

Opinion: 7 Reasons It's Time To Update Your Estate Plan
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Dec 02, 2018

GOP balks at Trump drug pricing plan
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 02, 2018

Trump Administration Peppers Inboxes With Plugs for Private Medicare Plans
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Dec 01, 2018

Opinion: The Other Way People Can't Afford Healthcare
From Erik Sherman; Forbes ~ Dec 01, 2018

Opinion: The Best Way to Save Social Security
From Martin Feldstein; Barron’s ~ Dec 01, 2018

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