As states take important steps to lower prescription drug costs, at least six have implemented prescription drug affordability review initiatives, although approaches vary across states. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)’s new chart, Comparison of State Prescription Drug Affordability Review Initiatives, provides a road map of the diverse efforts taken by Maryland, Maine, […]
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About Jennifer Reck
Jennifer Reck is project director of NASHP’s Center for State Prescription Drug Pricing. The center works with states to develop model policies to address drug prices, tracks legislation and implementation, and provides technical assistance. Since joining NASHP in 2015, she has designed and implemented technical assistance for state learning collaboratives to advance evidence-based policymaking and alternative payment models. She has also directed evaluation teams analyzing delivery system and payment reforms, including State Innovation Models, and led efforts to disseminate findings from a federal initiative to advance evidence-based preventive care.
Prior to joining NASHP in 2015, Jennifer was Maine Medical Association’s (MMA) director of grants management, where she engaged physicians in payment reform as well as outreach and advocacy efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act. She also directed the MMA’s academic detailing program – the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service – an educational outreach program to promote evidence-based primary care. She has also worked as a policy analyst at Prescription Policy Choices, providing states with policy models and technical assistance to address clinical and cost concerns related to prescription drugs, and as a publishing editor at Elsevier Science, managing its portfolio of health policy journals.
She received her master’s degree from Cornell University in Science and Technology Studies and her bachelor’s degree in the history and philosophy of science from Bard College.
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Burdened by high US drug prices that average 218 percent more than in Canada, innovative states across the country are exploring a range of approaches to give their residents the same access to affordable drugs Canadians have. To date, six leading states have passed laws that enable them to import drugs from Canada pending federal […]
In late December, a US District Court judge in the Eastern District of California upheld that state’s drug price transparency law. The ruling represents the latest legal victory for states working to curb drug prices following the December Supreme Court decision that upheld an Arkansas law regulating pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). California’s drug price transparency law, SB17, requires […]
Last week, states won a clear path to regulating pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in a unanimous US Supreme Court ruling in Rutledge vs. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA). At issue was whether federal law preempted an Arkansas law (Act 900) that requires PBMs to reimburse pharmacies at no less than what pharmacies pay to acquire […]
As expected, last week the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) filed suit in US District Court for the District of Columbia to block a new federal rule that allows states to import less costly prescription drugs from Canada. Also last week, the Canadian Minister of Health issued an order prohibiting the bulk export […]
Low-income individuals and communities of color, already besieged by poor access to health care, limited insurance coverage, and other health inequities exposed by COVID-19, also suffer another health disparity – they are among the hardest hit by continually rising prescription drug prices. Since 2017, states across the nation have taken action to lower rising drug […]
Earlier this month, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary published the final rule for state importation of prescription drugs from Canada. To receive federal approval for their Section 804 importation programs (SIPs), the six states with laws enabling importation (VT, FL, ME, CO, NM, and NH) must meet the rule’s safety and cost-savings requirements […]
Today, the US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a legal challenge of an Arkansas law that regulates the reimbursement rates that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) pay to pharmacies.
Six states with laws enabling the importation of prescription drugs from Canada – Vermont, Florida, Maine, Colorado, New Mexico, and New Hampshire – are awaiting publication of federal rules currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget. They are eager to see if the final rules address key concerns submitted by the National […]
Unpredictable and unrelenting drug price increases drive up health insurance premiums and challenge states’ public purchasers as they weigh escalating costs against balanced budget requirements. The National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) newest model law, an Act to Protect Consumers from Unsupported Price Increases on Prescription Drugs, levies hefty fines on manufacturers that impose […]