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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.

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Business Survey: Large U.S. Employers Project Health Care Benefit Costs to Surpass $14,000 per Employee in 2018

Washington, DC, August 10, 2017 — Faced with another 5 percent increase in health care benefit costs, a growing number of large U.S. employers plan to focus more on how health care is delivered and paid for while still pursuing traditional methods of controlling costs such as cost sharing and plan design changes, according to an annual survey by the National Business Group on Health.

As a result, more employees will have access to broader health care services, including telemedicine, Centers of Excellence and onsite health centers during open enrollment while not experiencing major increases in their costs.

“The Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey” found employers project the total cost of providing medical and pharmacy benefits to rise 5 percent for the fifth consecutive year in 2018. Continue reading

Poll: American Voters Want Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, DC, May 4, 2017 — Rebecca Savransky reports in The Hill that about half of registered voters are against weakening federal protections for people who have pre-existing conditions, according to a new poll.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that 50 percent of voters somewhat or strongly oppose letting states opt out of requirements that health insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions.

Another 38 percent are in support of the proposal, according to the poll. Continue reading

Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Majorities Oppose GOP’s Latest Health-Care Reform Proposals

Washington, DC, April 25, 2017The Washington Post reports today that, in strategy and substance, the American public disagrees with the course that President Trump and congressional Republicans are pursuing to replace the Affordable Care Act with conservative policies, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Large majorities oppose the ideas at the heart of the most recent GOP negotiations to forge a plan that could pass in the House.

These would allow states to choose whether to keep the ACA’s insurance protection for people with preexisting medical problems and its guarantee of specific health benefits. Continue reading

PhRMA Launches ‘Share the Savings’ Campaign to Urge Payers to Share Negotiated Discounts with Patients

Washington, DC, April 7, 2017 — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) yesterday unveiled “Share the Savings,” a new campaign to educate the public about the lack of rebate pass-through for commercially insured patients with high deductibles and coinsurance.

Robust negotiations between biopharmaceutical companies and health plans result in significant rebates and discounts.

According to a recent study from the Berkeley Research Group, more than a third of the list price for brand medicines is rebated back to payers and the supply chain.  Continue reading

Gallup Poll: Affordable Care Act Gains Majority Approval for First Time

Washington, DC, April 5, 2017The Hill reported that more than half of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Gallup poll out Tuesday, marking the first time the law has gained majority support since Gallup began tracking public opinion on it in 2012.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say that former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law should remain in place, though 40 percent say it needs significant changes.

Still, the new rate is up significantly from November, when only 42 percent said they approved of the law. Continue reading

NJPP Study: 500K New Jersey Residents Would Lose Insurance Under GOP Healthcare Plan

Trenton, NJ, March 22, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that U.S. House Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 500,000 more New Jersey residents without health insurance, according to a study released by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) just two days before lawmakers will be asked to vote on the bill.

Study highlights include:

  • Half a million New Jersey residents would lose health coverage;
  • 250 millionaires in the state are set to receive a total $14 million tax break;
  • The hardest-hit would be the 45 and older population and Medicaid populations — both of which are the largest enrolled groups.

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Lobbying on Capitol Hill for Trumpcare, POTUS Says ‘We’re Gonna Have a Real Winner’

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, March 21, 2017The Washington Report reports that President Trump went to Capitol Hill this morning to sell the House GOP leadership’s plan to overhaul the health-care system as the legislation races toward an expected vote on the House floor by the end of this week.

“We’re gonna have a real winner,” Trump told reporters.  “There are going to be adjustments but I think we’ll get the vote on Thursday.”

Trump predicted the legislation would pass the House after emerging from the meeting. Continue reading

CMS Reports 295K from New Jersey Enrolled in Obamacare in 2016

Trenton, NJ, March 17, 2017 — Anjalee Khemlani reports in NJBIZ that New Jersey saw about 295,000 enrollees in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this year, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

According to the CMS data, that is an increase from 288,000 who selected a marketplace plan in 2016.

In rankings of financial assistance and consumers who switched plans, New Jersey was placed in the bottom half of the list, according to CMS data. Continue reading

CBO Report: GOP’s Health Care Bill Could Leave 24M More Without Coverage by 2026

Washington, DC, March 13, 2017 — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released a report that finds the House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over a decade, but would also leave 24 million more Americans uninsured during that same period.

That legislation has already drawn opposition from major interest groups, health policy experts, and even some GOP lawmakers. Continue reading

Despite No Price Tag, House GOP Advances Health Reform Plan

Speaker Paul Ryan

Washington, DC, March 9, 2017 — Michelle Hackman reports in The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. House Republican leaders are set to take the politically risky gamble Wednesday of asking their colleagues to vote on a bill replacing the Affordable Care Act without official estimates of the GOP plan’s cost or coverage losses.

By moving ahead without an official “score” from the Congressional Budget Office — an estimate of how much the bill would cost and how many people might lose coverage over the next 10 years — Republican leaders are asking members to vote on a bill without independent verification that it achieves what it claims. Continue reading