Author: Joseph Choi

Bipartisan battle over prescription intermediaries heats up

The intermediaries in the prescription drug supply chain are stuck between a rock and a hard place, facing congressional scrutiny and pharmaceutical-industry-backed efforts to reform the multibillion-dollar industry. Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have emerged as a bipartisan target in a divided Congress. Members across the aisle have introduced at least a dozen bills so far…

Insurers say COVID-19 vaccine rollout issues being resolved

Presented by Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association — Vaccine deliveries to pharmacies have been delayed, leading to canceled appointments {beacon} Health Care Health Care   The Big Story Insurers: COVID vaccination hiccups are clearing up Health insurers and the Biden administration say they’ve mostly resolved the glitches that have marred the early days of the rollout…

Biden administration draws commitment from health insurers to cover COVID-19 shots

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) met with representatives from the health insurance industry on Wednesday, receiving commitments that the updated COVID-19 vaccines will be covered after reports arose of some people having to pay out-of-pocket for their immunizations. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra met with executives from Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS),…

Anticipated uptake of updated COVID vaccines divided along partisan lines: survey

A new survey released Tuesday indicates that enthusiasm and trust in the COVID-19 vaccines continues to diverge along political lines, with more Democrats than Republicans saying they plan to get the updated doses for this upcoming respiratory viral season. KFF’s ongoing COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor asked participants if they intended to get the flu vaccine and…

COVID cases see return of conspiracies

Presented by Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association — Unfounded claims surrounding the virus are beginning to crop up once more. {beacon} Health Care Health Care   The Big Story COVID conspiracies creeping back As new coronavirus cases rise with the onset of the respiratory viral season, unfounded claims surrounding the virus are beginning to crop up…

Potential link found between Merck antiviral and mutated COVID strains

A new study published Monday links COVID-19 antiviral created by Merck with new mutations of the virus that have been sequenced around the world. Molnupiravir, known commercially as Lagevrio, is one of two COVID-19 antivirals authorized for treating coronavirus infections along with Paxlovid from Pfizer. The drug works by inducing mutations in the virus’s cells…

Purging medical debt from credit scores

Welcome to The Hill’s Health Care newsletter {beacon} Health Care Health Care   The Big Story Federal government plans to ban medical debt from credit reports Unpaid medical bills may no longer hurt your credit score, under a proposal outlined by the Biden administration. © AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Vice President Harris, along with Consumer Financial…

CDC panel recommends RSV vaccine for pregnant women as extra protection

The advisory committee on immunizations for the Centers for DIsease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to recommend an RSV vaccine designed to give newborn infants protection against the virus before they’re born. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 11-1 in favor of approving Pfizer’s Abrysvo for use in pregnant women during weeks…

Half a million who lost Medicaid due to state errors regained coverage, officials say

The Biden administration on Thursday announced it had reinstated health care coverage for about half a million children and families who had been erroneously disenrolled during the unwinding of expanded Medicaid eligibility. During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions remained on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) thanks to the continuous enrollment provision that was…

White House to propose removing medical bills from credit reports

The Biden-Harris administration announced Thursday it has begun looking into removing medical debt from consumer credit reports in an effort to lessen the impact unexpected medical costs can have on people and help them recover from the expenses, which can be immense. In a press release, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said the proposal…