2019 White House and HHS budgets released: Key changes to drug pricing and reimbursement proposed

On February 12, 2018, the White House Office of Management and Budget released an overview of the president's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget (the Budget), which makes, among many others, several proposals regarding drug pricing and payment reform. Concurrently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the full FY 2019 Budget for HHS (the HHS Budget), which provides additional detail regarding such proposals.

In presenting these proposals, the administration is seeking Congressional action; thus, the fate of these proposals is highly uncertain. Nevertheless, these proposals provide insight into the administration's – and particularly the new HHS Secretary Alex Azar's – thinking with respect to how the administration might go about fulfilling its frequent but often non-specific promise to precipitate such reform.

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