A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow HHS secretary to negotiate directly with drug manufacturers for Part D drug prices. The bill also would require HHS to report to Congress every six months on its negotiations and the prices and discounts achieved. Democrats have said passing legislation that would allow the federal government to negotiate for Medicare drug prices is one of their priorities. Administration officials have repeatedly said such legislation is a bad idea and would require Medicare to implement a restrictive formulary. Several consumer groups, including AARP and Families USA, back the bill, according to a news release from one of its sponsors, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.). -- by Matthew DoBias
Medicare Part D bill introduced
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