WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have put final tweaks on their drug pricing proposal, as they race to achieve one of their signature domestic policy promises ahead of the midterm elections.
The text released Wednesday is similar to a sweeping package that passed the House last year — it would allow Medicare to negotiate prices with drugmakers, it would protect seniors from especially exorbitant drug costs, and it would discourage drugmakers from raising their prices dramatically.
There are some notable changes that will affect when patients see savings, how the drug development pipeline works, how certain patients will pay for insulin, and how the new prices would affect safety-net programs and Medicaid.
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