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Study Estimates New Framework for Medicare Negotiation Would Increase Federal Revenues by $100 Billion

Analysis of revisions to H.R. 3 estimates lower commercial market premiums and out-of-pocket costs WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 3, 2021 – As Congress revises legislation to reform prescription drug pricing, a new analysis conducted by the West Health Policy Center, and released by its Council for Informed Drug Spending Analysis (CIDSA), estimates that extending inflation penalties to the… Read more »

West Health Statement on Drug Pricing Deal in Build Back Better Act

November 2, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – West Health President and Chief Executive Officer, Shelley Lyford, issued the following statement after a drug pricing reform agreement was reached as part of the Build Back Better legislation. West Health is a family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to improve aging in America. “Today… Read more »

West Health Statement on Initial Build Back Better Framework

October 28, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC – West Health President and Chief Executive Officer, Shelley Lyford, issued the following statement in response to the Build Back Better framework unveiled today by President Biden. West Health is a family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to improve aging in America. “If meaningful drug pricing… Read more »

9 in 10 Americans Want Dental Coverage as Part of Medicare

WASHINGTON, DC – Sept. 29, 2021 – More than 9 in 10 Americans believe dental coverage should be included in Medicare and 73% of Americans believe that high prescription drug prices are impeding the Medicare program’s ability to provide dental coverage for seniors, according to a new West Health and NORC AmeriSpeak survey. Over three-quarters… Read more »

VA Launches Program to Improve Emergency Care for Nation’s Older Veterans

Public-private partnership aids VA in becoming the largest integrated health network with specialized geriatric emergency care WASHINGTON, DC – Sept. 9, 2021 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a nationwide movement to improve emergency department (ED) care for older Veterans treated in VA Medical Centers and become the nation’s largest integrated health… Read more »

An Estimated 15.5 Million Adults Under 65 Went Without Medication Due to High Drugs Costs, Latest West Health-Gallup Study Shows

  Younger Adults Twice as Likely to Skip Medications or Not Fill Prescriptions Compared to Seniors WASHINGTON, DC – Sept. 9, 2021 – An estimated 15.5 million adults under 65 and 2.3 million seniors were unable to pay for at least one doctor-prescribed medication in their household, according to a new study from West Health… Read more »

Pharmaceutical Industry Could Experience No Impact to Innovation Under H.R. 3, New Research Finds

WASHINGTON, D.C. and WALTHAM, MA – August 12, 2021 — A new analysis of publicly reported financial information of the pharmaceutical industry finds reducing drug prices could have no impact to future drug approvals. The research from Bentley University’s Center for Integration of Science and Industry in partnership with the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization West Health… Read more »