Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Wednesday signed into law a legislative package that, among other things, will cap copayments for insulin at $25 per month, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, New Hampshire, and New Mexico.
- California: "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek on Wednesday announced that it's been one year since he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek is now among 18% of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients who live for one year after diagnosis. While the two-year survival rate for the disease is 7%, Trebek said his oncologist seemed confident Trebek would reach the landmark. "[I]f we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible," Trebek said (D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times, 3/4).
- New Hampshire: Gov. Chris Sununu (R) has announced that New Hampshire will join 17 other states in defending the Affordable Care Act in a case before the Supreme Court that challenges the law's constitutionality. Sununu said eliminating the law without an "adequate replacement" could be "devastating" to New Hampshire residents. "The state has no choice but to join the bipartisan effort to defend the program," Sununu said (Associated Press, 3/5).
- New Mexico: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Wednesday signed into law a legislative package that aims to reduce prescription drug costs in the state. The package included measures that allow the state to cap insulin copayments at $25 per month and to consider importing prescription drugs from Canada, among other actions (Anderson, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/5).