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Democrats To GOP: Give Us Subsidies And We’ll Give You $15B For Military Spending

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Those with information on the spending negotiations say Democrats are eyeing military spending as a potential compromise to get money for the “insurer bailouts” that Republicans have been targeting for years. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times and KHN offer looks at just what exactly those subsidies are.

Physicians Seek Modifications In Medicare’s New Plans For Payment

KHN Morning Briefing

The doctors are hoping that in rules expected soon the federal government will ease requirements for small practices to participate in the new Medicare payment options offering higher risk and higher financial reward. Also, some hospitals are asking the federal government to make some bundled-payment programs voluntary.

Sanofi Claims Mylan Artificially Bumped Up EpiPen Prices, Then Undercut Competition With Rebates

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The drugmaker filed a lawsuit against the troubled EpiPen-maker on Monday. In other pharmaceutical news, The Daily Beast investigates the involvement of Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., with an Australian biotech company, a panel of U.S. scientists is questioning the methodology of an Ebola drug trial, Biogen releases the promising results of a drug to help children with a neuromuscular disease, and one California lawmaker has a plan for lowering drug prices.