AB 265 will be heard by the Assembly Health Committee TODAY, Tuesday, April 18th at 1:30 p.m. PDT.  Thank you for signing on to the group opposition letter to AB 265 (Wood). As you know, this legislation would ban co-payment assistance programs which are vital for helping patients pay for medications. We want to ensure Assembly member Jim Wood and the members of the Assembly Health Committee have an accurate understanding of how detrimental this bill will be to the patient community. For more information click here and go to California News.

Bladder/Urothelial Tumor Markers Final LCD – Effective May 16, 2017
The following Local Coverage Determination (LCD) has completed the Open Public and Contractor Advisory Committee (CAC) comment period and is now finalized. For more information click here and go to Noridian News.

Patrick Soon-Shiong, the California health care billionaire, believes the United States is fighting a flawed war on cancer, “stuck in dogma.” His bracing critique caught the attention of Joe Biden and, more recently, Donald Trump, who met privately with Soon-Shiong twice during the transition, as he reportedly angled for a role in the administration. For more information click here and go to National News.

CMS is accepting comments on the Request for Information through next Monday, April 24, 2017. CMS is releasing a Request for Information to welcome continued feedback on Medicare Advantage and Part D. CMS is soliciting ideas for regulatory, sub-regulatory, policy, practice and procedural changes to better accomplish transparency, flexibility, program simplification and innovation in Medicare Advantage and Part D. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

April 18, 2017