The FEHBlog expected that there would be no government shutdown on October 1, and mark the tape the Washington Post reports today follow the Speaker of the House John Boehner’s unexpected resignation, “House Republicans said there was agreement to pass a clean spending bill to avert a government shutdown.” Presumably this decision is aligned with the Senate Republican leadership’s plan to vote for a continuing resolution that would expire on December 11 as reported by Federal News Radio. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R Calif) is expect to be the new Speaker on November 1.
[T]here is reason to believe that the uptake of biosimilars could follow a smoother trajectory in the U.S. Kate Keeping, senior director of biosimilars research at Decision Resource Group, a health-care research firm, said U.S. physicians she had surveyed were more familiar with biosimilars than European physicians were before biosimilars were launched there. “It’s less likely that you’re going to see restrictions on uptake due to physicians being hesitant,” she said.
OPM did not announced the FEHBP 2016 premiums this week (as of 12:40 pm). The FEHBlog can’t remember when the new rates were announced in October but here are a few days left in September.