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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday formally unveiled her long-awaited plan to lower drug prices, giving Democrats an aggressive counter to the White House’s numerous and widely covered efforts to lower drug prices, STAT reports. The plan would enact an international price index, capping U.S. drug payments for Medicare at an average of foreign prices, and require the federal government to negotiate the cost of 250 prescription medicines, using the international price as a maximum price, and extend the negotiated price to insurers and the commercial market at large. The bill would also cap senior out-of-pocket drug expenses at $2,000 annually.

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