Who We Are

The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS Sec. Price Says Administration Believes in the ‘Guarantee of Medicare for Our Seniors’

HHS Secretary Tom Price

Washington, DC, March 6, 2017 — As President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans debate the future of Medicare, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price said Sunday that Republicans “believe in the guarantee of Medicare for our seniors.”

His comments come after President Donald Trump reiterated during his address to a joint session of Congress last week that he doesn’t want to change Medicare benefits. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he still thinks the future of Medicare is an “open question.”

“I’ll tell you what’s not an open question, is that we believe in the guarantee of Medicare for our seniors,” Price told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Continue reading

Trump Administration Weighs Fate of Obamacare’s Free Birth Control Mandate

Washington, DC, February 21, 2017 — Jessie Hellmann reports in The Hill that the era of free birth control for women could be coming to an end.

The requirement that insurance companies cover contraception at no cost is believed to be on the chopping block now that Tom Price has become confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary.

Secretary Price opposed the mandate as a member of Congress and could take aim at the regulation — and other rules related to Obamacare — as Republicans in Congress move to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

U.S. Senate Confirms Rep. Tom Price to Serve as Health and Human Services Secretary

HHS Secretary Tom Price

Washington, DC, February 10, 2017 — The United States Senate early Friday approved President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Representative Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, putting him in charge of the president’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

By a vote of 52 to 47, the Senate confirmed Congressman Price after a debate that focused as much on his ethics and investments as on his views on health policy.   Continue reading

President Trump’s FDA Pick Could Undo Decades of Drug Safeguards

Washington, DC, February 6, 2017 — Katie Thomas reports in The New York Times that President Donald J. Trump’s vow to overhaul the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could bring major changes in policy, including steps to accelerate the process of approving new prescription drugs, setting up a clash with critics who say his push for deregulation might put consumers at risk.

President Trump has been vetting candidates to run the agency, which regulates the safety of everything from drugs and medical devices to food and cosmetics. Continue reading

HHS: Nearly 12 Million People with Medicare Have Saved $26 Billion on Prescription Drugs Since 2010

Medicare 1Washington, DC, January 16, 2017 — The Department of Health and Human Services on January 13 released new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continue to save on prescription drugs and see improved benefits in 2016 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

More than 11.8 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts over $26.8 billion on prescription drugs — an average of $2,272 per beneficiary — since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

In 2016 alone, over 4.9 million seniors and people with disabilities received discounts of over $5.6 billion, for an average of $1,149 per beneficiary. Continue reading

HHS Analysis: Uninsured Rate for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Dropped Sharply When Obamacare Implemented

Obamacare health insurance denied pre-existingWashington, DC, January 13, 2017 — A new analysis from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides a first look at what happened to uninsured rates for Americans with pre-existing health conditions when the ACA’s major insurance market reforms took effect in 2014.

The report finds that, between 2010 and 2014, the share of Americans with pre-existing conditions who went without health insurance all year fell by 22 percent, meaning 3.6 million fewer people with pre-existing conditions went uninsured.

While data for individuals with pre-existing conditions are available only through 2014, the uninsured rate for all Americans has fallen by an additional 22 percent through mid-2016, and Americans with pre-existing conditions have likely seen similar additional gains. Continue reading

Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Pick Tom Price Leaves Doctors Divided

Rep. Tom Price

Rep. Tom Price

Washington, DC, December 28, 2016 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that when President-elect Donald J. Trump chose Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be his Health and Human Services Secretary, the American Medical Association (AMA) swiftly endorsed the selection of one of its own, an orthopedic surgeon who has championed the role of physicians throughout his legislative career.

Then the larger world of doctors and nurses weighed in on the beliefs and record of Mr. Price, a suburban Atlanta Republican — and the split among caregivers, especially doctors, quickly grew sharp.

“The AMA does not speak for us,” says a petition signed by more than 5,000 doctors. Continue reading

HHS Reports Obamacare Enrollment in NJ Up by 14 Percent

ObamacareWashington, DC, December 25, 2016 — Kathleen O’Brien reports in The Star-Ledger that New Jersey’s enrollment in Obamacare is running at a pace that is 14 percent higher than this time last year, federal officials said Wednesday.

That means the state is tied as the third-highest jump among the 39 states that participate in the federal online marketplace for subsidized health insurance, they indicated.

Roughly two million Americans have signed up for health insurance plans for themselves and their families through the first half of Obamacare’s open enrollment period which began Nov. 1. That’s about 400,00 more than last year. Continue reading

HHS Report Details Affordable Care Act’s Impact; 20 Million Gain Healthcare Coverage

Obamacare 3Washington, DC, December 24, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on December 13 released an extensive compilation of national and state-level data illustrating the substantial improvements in health care for all Americans in the last six years.

The uninsured rate has fallen to the lowest level on record, and 20 million Americans have gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

But beyond those people who would otherwise be uninsured, millions of Americans with employer, Medicaid, Medicare, or individual market coverage have benefited from new protections as a result of the law. Continue reading

Obamacare Health Exchange Enrollment Jumps, Even as GOP Pledges to Gut

Obamacare Health InsuranceWashington, DC, December 22 2016 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that about 6.4 million people have signed up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday, as people rushed to purchase plans regardless of Republican promises that the law will be repealed within months.

The new sign-ups — an increase of 400,000 over a similar point last year — mean the health care coverage of millions of consumers could be imperiled by one of the first legislative actions of Donald J. Trump’s presidency. Continue reading