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State Treasurers Want Gilead To Slash Price Of Remdesivir

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In a letter Wednesday, 11 state officials asked the company to “responsibly commit to being a part of our nation’s recovery from COVID-19, both medically and economically, by repricing this drug more affordably.”

Trump Counters Testimony Of His CDC Director On Vaccines, Masks

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CDC Director Robert Redfield told senators Wednesday that a coronavirus vaccine would not be widely available until the next summer or fall and that masks are an effective tool to combat spread. At a press conference hours later, President Donald Trump contradicted both of those statements, calling Redfield “confused.”

Testing Cost Varies Widely; Phone App Might Aid Tracing

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The Journal Of General Internal Medicine reports less than 10% of tests cost insurers more than $306, but some bills were as high as $14,750. News is on fast turnarounds for employers, rapid antigen tests, the UK’s shortage of tests during a second wave and more.

Increases In Medicaid Enrollment Widespread Due To Job Losses

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Caseloads rose on average 8.4% through July in 30 states for which researchers have enrollment information. And in 14 states with enrollment data through August, the average is 10%. Other news is on CMS pulling back from a financing proposal, as well.

Another Dark Side Of COVID: Are Hospitals Making A Profit?

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HCA Healthcare finance chief Bill Rutherford says coronavirus patients tend to stay longer than typical hospitalized patients. Still, most hospitals appear to be losing money on COVID care, Modern Healthcare reports.

Trump’s New Executive Order Could Cut How Much Medicare Pays For Drugs

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President Donald Trump’s latest drug pricing executive order calls for Medicare to test a “most favored nations” pricing scheme for prescription drugs bought by Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D. The pharmaceutical industry strongly opposes the plan.

Verma’s ‘Image’ Expenses Paint Picture Of How D.C. Influencers Operate

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Fallout from an investigation by Democratic lawmakers revealed taxpayer money spent by CMS administrator Seema Verma on public relations consultants reverberates through the capital. USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page, who is set to moderate the upcoming vice presidential debate, is caught up in it, too.