At its Nov. 14 board meeting, CalPERS’ Pension and Health Benefits Committee directed its staff to move forward with a Request for Information (RFI) to implement a Full Reference Pricing Program, expanding from their currently proposed three drug class pilot (nasal corticosteroids, thyroid medications, and oral estrogens) to cover up to 70-80 drug classes.
CLSA’s federal government relations team is pleased to provide you with this update on the 2018 Midterm Elections, including the likely makeup of our incoming California delegation for the 116th Congress, and additional details on several key California congressional races you may be interested in.
CLSA’s state government relations team is pleased to share a brief update on some anticipated changes in the makeup of our California Legislature, state government and offer additional details on several key California races you may be interested in.
Addressing drug pricing and improving healthcare access and affordability remains a salient topic on Capitol Hill, in the Trump Administration, with industry and the public. Over the summer, the Administration released its American Patients First blueprint, and over the past several weeks, the Administration has announced draft or final proposals intended to lower drug prices and increase access to affordable prescription drugs.
On the final day for signing or vetoing bills, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 212 (Jackson), which establishes a comprehensive statewide take-back system for sharps and medications.
Both the House and Senate have adjourned until after the midterm elections. While the outcome of the elections will determine whether the Democrats win a majority in either the House or the Senate (or both), or if the Republicans maintain control of one or both chambers in the 116th Congress, both the House and Senate will return to Washington, D.C. in late November and early December (approximately 16-20 legislative days) to finish legislative work prior to the end of the year and the 115th Congress.
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) vision to begin the RFQ/RFP process for the development of a biomedical complex on the LAWA northside area site. This concept will greatly bolster California’s ability to keep up with the needs of the sector and further provide economic development opportunities for innovative life science companies.
Two major bills of interest to CLSA have been presented to Governor Brown for his signing or veto: SB 1121 (Dodd), which was signed this week, and SB 212 (Jackson), on which we await action by the Governor. A third key bill of interest to CLSA, AB 2167 (Chau), died in the Senate during the final week of the legislative session.