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Fiddling with Medicare

How Trump administration wants to change Medicare drug payments

February 24, 2018 12:49 AM UTC

Looking for ways to fulfill its commitment to reduce drug costs, the Trump administration reached into a grab bag filled with Medicare reforms, pulled out a fist full and dropped them into its FY19 budget request.

The mismatched combination of policies it selected, ideas proposed over the years by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Democrats and Republicans, has set off a lobbying frenzy as beneficiaries, plans and drug companies try to protect themselves, frequently at the each other’s expense. ...