Legislative Updates: Week of December 3, 2018
Trump proposal tapers Medicare protection for certain drugs if drugmakers don’t temper pricing
Endpoints News 11/27/2018
In its opposition to the industry standard of relentless and often exorbitant drug price hikes, the Trump administration seems to be doing more than huffing and puffing. After threatening to switch to a system that pegs US prices against cheaper rates abroad ahead of the mid-term elections last month, HHS outlined a proposal on Monday that could rule out certain drugs from being included as part of guaranteed Medicare coverage, if their makers continue to hike prices undeterred. Continue Reading.
On Beacon Hill, it’s a guessing game for powerful budget posts
The Boston Globe 11/28/2018
Help Wanted: Two seasoned legislators, well-versed in handling thorny policy and funding debates. Long hours required. Must have the trust of chamber leaders. Women encouraged to apply.
The leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate budget committees are among Beacon Hill’s most powerful figures, and in a rare confluence of events, both jobs are wide open as the new legislative session, which begins in January, draws near. Continue Reading.
Katherine Clark elected to leadership post
The Boston Globe 11/29/2018
On the day that Nancy Pelosi moved a big step closer to a return as House speaker, Representative Katherine Clark clinched a key leadership spot in the House Democratic caucus Wednesday, a prime role that could help her climb further up the ranks in the coming years.
Clark, the three-term incumbent from the Massachusetts Fifth District, north of Boston, won a contested race to be House Democrats’ vice chair, 144 to 90, to become the sixth-ranking member of next year’s leadership team. She bested a centrist-oriented colleague from California, Pete Aguilar, in a closed-door meeting in Washington. Continue Reading.