Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights

Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights
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Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we're happy it's Friday! But that didn't stop the health care news, including a major drug pricing rule moving forward and Missouri's only Planned Parenthood clinic losing its bid for a license.   

 

Key Trump proposal to lower drug prices takes step forward

Some movement on drug pricing: A major Trump proposal took a step forward on Friday, when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent it to the White House for review. The proposal would lower certain drug prices in Medicare by linking them to the lower prices paid in other countries, an idea called the international pricing index.

A sign the administration means it? There has been some speculation that the administration would never actually finalize the rule and was simply using it as a bargaining chip to push for other drug pricing changes.

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But the move to send the proposal to the White House for review, along with supportive comments from HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Friday, indicate the idea is at least moving forward.

"We're going to end that foreign free-riding, we're going to stop having America's seniors propping up the socialist systems abroad at their expense, and we're continuing to act," Azar said on Fox Business.

Political problem: Trump lacks support from key leaders in his own party in Congress on this proposal (though that has not always stopped him before).

In fact, HHS sent the proposal to the White House for review just days after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump walks tightrope on gun control Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Trump: 'Great to see' Pelosi plan to lower drug prices MORE (R-Iowa) this week announced that he opposed the idea.

Read more here.

 

Missouri's only Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license, will stay open for now

Missouri's health department will not renew the license for the state's last abortion clinic but will allow it to stay open for now.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services declined to renew a Planned Parenthood clinic's license Friday after being ordered to reach a decision by a judge, according to The Associated Press.

The department cited patient safety concerns, including failed abortions, as its reasoning.

But the St. Louis clinic will stay open, at least temporarily, under a preliminary injunction issued by Judge Michael Stelzer last month.

Stelzer said Friday he will make a final decision about the case soon.  

Read more on the decision here.

 

2020 Democrats to face questions on reproductive rights Saturday

Most of the Democrats running for president will appear at Planned Parenthood Action Fund's candidate forum tomorrow, where they will face questions about how they will protect and expand access to abortion and other reproductive health services.

Each candidate will be questioned for 15 minutes by Planned Parenthood advocates and patients.

Here are the candidates attending: Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system MORE (D-Colo.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNew Hampshire feels overlooked in Democratic presidential race Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Fracking ban could have unintended consequence of boosting coal Poll: Voters back Medicare expansion, keeping private insurance MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa MSNBC 'Climate in Crisis' special draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider MORE (D-Minn.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.); former Reps. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneySeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa New Hampshire feels overlooked in Democratic presidential race 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (D-Md.) and Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa FBI: Arson attacks directed at three Catholic churches in El Paso Toomey on gun reform: 'Beto O'Rourke is not helping' MORE (D-Texas); current Reps. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mass.), Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks MORE (D-Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Swalwell to DNI: 'You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration' MORE (D-Calif.), former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast MORE (D); Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Yang floats nominating Inslee as 'climate czar' MORE (D-Wash.); Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' MORE, Mayors Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE, Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa New York Post hits de Blasio with front-page 'obituary' for 2020 campaign Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE, as well as Julián Castro, Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system MORE and Andrew YangAndrew Yang2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Yang: 'Cancel culture' has become source of 'fear' for Americans Hundreds of thousands turn out in New York, other major cities for climate marches MORE.

 

Happening next week

The Energy & Commerce Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday at 10 a.m. on "reauthorizing vital health programs for American families."

The Senate HELP Committee will mark up its bipartisan package to lower healthcare costs on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

 

The Hill events

On Tuesday, June 25th, The Hill will host Cost, Quality and Care: The Medicare Equation at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Hill's Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons and Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump's new controversy Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus The Hill's Editor-in-Chief: Why Yang won't run third party MORE will sit down with Reps. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieOvernight Health Care — Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Poll finds Trump vulnerable on health care in battleground states | HHS must respond to petition on abortion referral ban by Thursday | Wyden presses health officials about CBD regulations Lawmakers map out path forward on Medicare Part D The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiLawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Lobbying World House bill would make World Cup funds contingent on equal pay MORE (D-Calif.) and an expert panel for a discussion on how leaders in Washington and the health industry can bring down drug costs for Medicare patients while continuing to ensure quality of care for those who depend on the program. RSVP here.

 

On Wednesday, June 26th, The Hill will host the Future of Healthcare Summit at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. We will discuss some of tomorrow's biggest questions in healthcare with policymakers, health officials and industry leaders. Speakers include Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyAmerica's newest comedy troupe: House GOP EXCLUSIVE: Swing-state voters oppose 'surprise' medical bill legislation, Trump pollster warns Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall MORE (R-La.), FDA's Dr. Amy Abernethy, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Nano Vision CEO Steve Papermaster and many more. RSVP and learn more about the summit here.

 

What we're reading

Trump to issue executive order on health care price transparency (The Wall Street Journal)

While addiction crisis raged, many surgeons overprescribed opioids (STAT)

FDA releases millions of records detailing incidents involving medical devices (startribune.com)

 

State by state

Georgia to reinstate Medicaid benefits to patients who lost them (ajc.com)

Hacienda health care to lose Medicaid contract after report of maggots found on patient (azcentral.com)

Drug users armed with naloxone double as medics on streets of San Francisco (Kaiser Health News)