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Pennsylvania Considers Strengthening Terminally Ill Patients’ ‘Right to Try’

Pennsylvania will become the 31st state to allow drug and medical device manufacturers to offer terminally ill patients drugs, devices, and procedures not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if House Bill 1104, the Right-to-Try Act, becomes law. HB 1104, sponsored by Robert Godshall (R-Hatfield), advanced to the Senate after the House approved it 182–0, with 20 representatives abstaining, on June 16. The bill would authorize drug manufacturers and physicians to help...

Louisiana Lawmakers Fail in Effort to Contain Medicaid Expansion Costs

The Louisiana State Legislature failed to advance two Republican-sponsored bills designed to limit the cost of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ (D) unilateral expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which will add more than 300,000 people to the state’s program. Non-expanded Medicaid cost Louisiana $7.4 billion, plus administrative expenses, in 2014, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Most of the cost of expanding the program will be paid for by the federal government on a declining...

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