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• HEALTHCARE. Thorn Run Partners is lobbying for Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefits management company that has been in the news for a contract dispute with the health insurance company Anthem. Advocates on the account include Billy Wynne, a former health policy counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, and Jessie Howe Brairton, who has worked on health policy from the public and private sector. According to lobbying disclosure forms, the firm will be addressing issues regarding Medicare, Medicaid and drug reimbursement.

• Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), through her firm Lincoln Policy Group, signed up to represent the National Association of Chain Drug Stores at the beginning of the year, newly filed documents show. She and her team will be working on policy issues including the scope of services for pharmacists, pharmacy reimbursements and medication therapy management, and the Drug Enforcement Agency’s efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

• REGULATIONS. The business community has closely followed the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, which was sent to the White House last week for approval. Newly filed disclosures show that Thrivent Financial, a financial planning non-profit, hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in September to influence the regulation. Now the Office of Management and Budget has 90 days to approve the rule or send it back to the department for revisions, and K Street pressure can tilt the scales. Among the lobbyists on the account are former White House and Senate Judiciary Committee aide Ed Pagano.

• K STREET. New clients began to sign up with Arnold & Porter not long after the firm took on a group of lobbyists from Squire Patton Boggs. The firm’s registrations include Barr Brands International, McGraw-Hill Education, ProctorU Inc. and the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition. According to Politco, Arnold & Porter will soon be filing registrations for several other clients, including  DexCom, Infusystem, Sandata, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Children’s Health System of Texas and the American Association of Orthodontists.