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Unlimited coverage for anti-rejection drugs moving toward passage.

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee unanimously approved legislation on October 5 that provides for unlimited coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for transplant patients. The action came a week after the House Commerce Committee approved a similar bill. The bill also included adding coverage for glaucoma screenings and speeding up the phase-in of lower copayments for hospital outpatient services.

Republicans defeated an effort by committee Democrats to add their $40 billion proposal prescription drugs to Medicare. Republicans insisted the plan is too big, and that the drug issue should be fought out in another venue.

The Senate Finance Committee was scheduled to discuss its version after this issue of Transplant News went to press.
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Date:Oct 6, 2000
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