Health and Human Services (HHS)

Drugmakers sue to block rule requiring drug prices in TV ads

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Amgen is one of 3 drugmakers suing the Trump administration. Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Amgen, Eli Lilly, Merck and the Association of National Advertisers are suing the Trump administration over its rule forcing pharmaceutical companies to display drugs' list prices in TV commercials. They say the rule violates the First Amendment and exceeds the government's authority.

The big picture: Experts expected drugmakers to file such a lawsuit — even though the new regulation isn't expected to actually affect drug pricing.

HHS gives employers new insurance flexibility

In this image, Alex M. Azar II stands and smiles faintly.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Employers will soon be allowed to use pre-tax dollars to subsidize their employees' individual market coverage, the Trump administration announced Thursday.

What it means: This policy is probably good for employers and bad for taxpayers, according to a Brookings analysis of an earlier draft of the proposal.