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Trump Ditches New Negotiating Powers For Medicare Part D

Law360 (May 16, 2019, 9:57 PM EDT) -- The Trump administration on Thursday abandoned extra leeway for Medicare Part D plans to negotiate prices for prescription drugs that treat serious diseases, dealing a setback to its blueprint for making drugs more affordable.

In a final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services largely ditched proposals to let Medicare Part D insurers more aggressively restrict coverage in “protected classes” of drugs. The about-face, which followed lobbying attacks by drugmakers, is a defeat for one component of the administration’s blueprint on drug pricing, and it echoes a retreat by the Obama administration on proposed changes to the protected classes....

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