Merck sues law that allows Medicare to negotiate with drug makers

Merck sues law that allows Medicare to negotiate with drug makers

Pharmaceutical company Merck sued the government Tuesday over a federal law that allows Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drug makers for the first time. The Merck lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, is the drug industry’s most significant move yet to thwart a major health care policy change, which takes effect in 2026. … Read more

Merck sues Biden administration over Medicare drug pricing talks

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Merck is suing the Department of Health and Human Services over Medicare’s new powers to reduce drug prices under the Inflation Reduction Act. In a scathing complaint filed in federal district court, Merck criticized the negotiation process as a “false” and “amounting to extortion.” Merck has asked the US District Court for the District of … Read more

Medicare will pay for Alzheimer’s treatments

Medicare will pay for Alzheimer's treatments

Medicare will pay for fully approved Alzheimer’s disease therapies for patients whose doctors submit data about their treatment to a national registry, the agency that oversees the program said Thursday. The decision is in line with previous guidance from the agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. And while CMS framed its plan as … Read more

Medicare outlines plan to expand coverage for expensive new Alzheimer’s drugs

Medicare outlines plan to expand coverage for expensive new Alzheimer's drugs

Comment on this storyComment Medicare officials outlined plans Thursday to broadly cover a new class of Alzheimer’s drug amid an intense lobbying campaign by patient advocates and drug makers to ensure access to the first drugs they have shown to slow the cognitive decline of the disease. In a statement, the Centers for Medicare and … Read more

Social Security, Medicare, Federal Salaries: What payments can be delayed if the debt ceiling stalls

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The US reached its debt ceiling, or debt limit, in January. The nation could run out of money to pay all of its bills as soon as June 1, the so-called “X-date.” The government would not be able to pay everyone on time. It would likely prioritize payments to investors holding US Treasuries, to avoid … Read more