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Hospital Industry Encouraged To Forgive Debts

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A rural hospital chain goes bust while a big urban one reports higher profits. In other hospital industry news, the government won’t penalize hospitals that donate or sell unpaid bills to charities that pay off the debts.

Senate Relief Bill Measures Face Revolt By Some Republicans

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Despite the imminent expiration of current aid, a quick path to another round of coronavirus stimulus gets tougher as a number of Republican senators object to several of the provisions in their party’s proposal.

Appeals Court Rejects Bid To Block California Ban On ‘Pay-To-Delay’ Deals

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California officials say the ban is necessary to prevent drug companies from thwarting competition and maintaining higher prices. In other news from the state: Legislators say they may offer extra jobless benefits if the federal government doesn’t act in time; and how California’s pandemic fight compares with New York’s.

Drug Pricing Orders Scuttle Meeting Between Trump, Pharma Execs

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While signing executive orders aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, President Donald Trump said he would meet today with industry leaders to discuss the measures. But no pharma executives opted to join. The executive orders have not yet been made public.

Advances — And Obstacles — Mark Path To Possible Vaccines

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Moderna loses a patent court case that could delay its COVID-19 vaccine while a China-owned pharmaceutical group and Imperial College London announce progress on their versions. Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s $2 billion “Operation Warp Speed” deal with Pfizer raises concerns about vaccine prices.

Big Payouts For Vaccine Executives

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Who gets rich off of the race for a coronavirus vaccine–even if they don’t finish the race? And news about remdesivir shortages.

White House, Senate GOP Work Past Intraparty Rift To Near Stimulus Pact

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After days of negotiation, Senate Republican leaders announce that they reached tentative agreement with the Trump administration on key measures, including stimulus checks, virus testing and school funding. Contentious issues remain though, and Democrats must still be brought on board.

Testing Has White House, GOP Lawmakers At Odds Over Stimulus Bill

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While common ground with Democrats is still far off, disagreements remain between the Trump administration and congressional Republican leaders after a White House meeting. At issue is money for virus testing, schools and payroll taxes while a surprise billing measure appears to be off the table.