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We are committed to keeping you informed about your retiree benefits, pension funds, medical and drug costs and the truth about Medical Advantage Plans. This column features a current topic on these issues. (click here for previous FORUM articles )

Walmart Sets Example for Congress and Medicare

Walmart is doing what Congress and Medicare should be doing to reduce prescription drug prices.

Walmart announced on June 29 that it is working directly with the manufacture, Novo Nordisk, to provide a new brand of analog insulin at a much cheaper price for patients without insurance.

The drug is available in Walmart pharmacies and will be in Sam’s Club pharmacies in mid-July at a price about $73 for a vial or about $86 for a package of prefilled insulin pens. This represents a savings of as much as $101 per vial of insulin or up to $251 per pack of prefilled insulin pens.

The NRLN has been lobbying Congress to eliminate the “non-interference” clause that prevents Medicare from negotiating drug prices. Instead of negotiating, we are advocating a business model for competitive bidding with drug manufacturers to be applied wherever two or more FDA approved generic drugs, or two or more brand drugs, or a generic and brand drugs (upon patent expiration) treat the same medical condition.

A Medicare competitive bidding policy, direct from the manufacture, would bypass middlemen that mark up prices and keep rebates.

Just because Medicare is a non-profit government agency should not make a difference. Fannie-Mae, Defense Department, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) etc. at the federal level and state and local governmental agencies all get competitive bids, negotiate terms and buy direct form manufacturers. The prescription drug industry has sold Congress on the notion they are some sort of special breed, they are not!

Our politicians just don’t get it. Party politics and individual reelection needs predominate judgment that are making it possible for pharmaceutical companies to charge Americans high prices for their medicines. Brand-name and generic prescription drug prices in the United States are nearly three times higher than those in 32 other high-income countries, according to a report released in January by the RAND Corporation. Last year, prescription drug prices increased at twice the inflation rate of the U.S. economy.

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Pass Bills to Lower Drug Prices

For years there has been talk in Congress about reducing the high price Americans pay for prescription drugs. Numerous bills have been introduced in the House and Senate, but no meaningful legislation has been enacted. The NRLN is supporting two House bills and three Senate bills that would lower drug prices. Click here to access the NRLN’s sample letter to tell your Representative and Senators to pass those bills.


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I am extending an invitation to you to participate in this NRLN survey which will provide data to make the case that an out-of-pocket cap should be added to original Medicare because of the high health care cost seniors are experiencing. The NRLN intends to show that an out-of-pocket cost cap for original Medicare would help level the playing field with Medicare Advantage plans which are required to provide annual out-of-pocket caps. .

An out-of-pocket cap added to original Medicare would provide a third choice for seniors – Medicare Advantage, original Medicare plus Medigap (where the effective cap is the annual premium cost) and original Medicare with an out-of-pocket cap.

Based on the NRLN’s 19 years of dealing with members of Congress and their staffs, we know it is very useful to have first-hand information from individuals who are experiencing the high cost of healthcare. The information you provide in this survey will allow us to present facts that are very important in convincing Congress to set policies that attack healthcare costs instead of blaming people over age 65.

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By Rachel Bluth; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 11, 2021

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By Thomas Moore; The Hill ~ Jun 10, 2021

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By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jun 09, 2021

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By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Jun 09, 2021

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By Josh Nathan-Kazis; Barron’s ~ Jun 07, 2021

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By Christopher Rugaber; The Associated Press ~ Jun 04, 2021

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By Harris Meyer; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 04, 2021

Biden's 2022 budget re-ups prospect of Medicare drug pricing negotiations
By Fraiser Kansteiner; FiercePharma ~ Jun 04, 2021

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By Zarrin Ahmed; United Press International ~ Jun 04, 2021

Expanding Health Coverage Is Top Priority For New Head Of Medicare/Medicaid
By Julie Rovner; NPR ~ Jun 03, 2021

Doctors Tell How to Make the Most of Your Telehealth Visits
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 02, 2021

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Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 02, 2021

Obamacare Prices Continue To Slide As ACA’s Big Day Looms In Supreme Court
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 02, 2021

Opinion: This Ominous Warning From Moderna Could Shake Up the COVID Vaccine Market
By Keith Speights; The Motley Fool ~ Jun 02, 2021

Biden Moves Slowly On Canadian Drug Importation
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 01, 2021

How Amazon, JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway took on America’s health care system—and lost
By Erika Fry; Fortune ~ Jun 01, 2021

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