Trump Administration Includes Collins’ Phair Pricing Act in New Drug Pricing Rule

WASHINGTON—This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed rule to lower prescription drug costs and increase transparency surrounding Medicare Parts C and D. Included in the proposal is the bulk of the Phair Pricing Act, which Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced in May 2018 to lower drug costs to Medicare patients at the point of sale.

“Too often, prescription drug middlemen use abusive reimbursement schemes to inflate patient prices and unfairly cripple community health care providers. I’ve seen how much this ultimately leaves communities with higher costs and less access to quality care. President Trump’s administration is taking an incredibly tangible step to ensure that patients at the counter feel the savings that middlemen claim to negotiate on their behalves but have often kept in their own coffers,” said Collins.

Judge Batten Signs Mutual Consent Order In Federal Voter Assistance Case

ATLANTA – This morning, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten signed a voluntary Consent Order negotiated by Jin Kwon, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden to enjoin enforcement of O.C.G.A. § 21-2-409(b)(2) in future elections, primaries, or run-offs in Georgia, regardless of whether a federal candidate is on the ballot. Secretary Crittenden has issued guidance and direction to all county election superintendents and published information online to inform voters about the terms of this Consent Order.

“In all future elections, primaries, and run-off elections, which includes the December 4, 2018 run-off, all voters who require assistance to vote due to blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may receive assistance by a person of the voter’s choice except for the voter’s employer, an agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. This rule applies regardless of whether there is a federal candidate on the ballot in Georgia,” stated Secretary Crittenden. “Ultimately, both sides were able to reach a satisfactory conclusion in this litigation, and we have taken immediate action to comply with the negotiated terms of the Consent Order.”

All future training conducted by the Secretary of State’s office will be consistent with the Consent Order. County election superintendents have received a copy of the Consent Order and an Official Election Bulletin on complying with the order’s terms. County offices have received a notice and the instruction to post such notice at the entrance of all election day polling places. Secretary Crittenden also published notice online to inform voters who are entitled to voting assistance that they may receive assistance from any person of their choice who meets the requirements of the Voting Rights Act at 52 U.S.C. § 10508 and O.C.G.A. § 21-2-409 (b)(1). This notice will remain online until the language of O.C.G.A. § 21-2-409(b)(2) is removed from the Georgia Code.

Now enjoined by the Consent Order, O.C.G.A. § 21-2-409(b)(2) restricted who could provide voter assistance when there was no federal candidate on the ballot. A voter requiring assistance is no longer limited to assistance from a voter who is a resident of the same voting precinct or the voter’s mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or caretaker. With the Order in effect, there is no longer a prohibition on any person assisting more than ten voters in any election, primary, or run-off.

The Consent Order states that county election superintendents may not require individuals assisting voters to check off any boxes on any forms, including those on absentee ballots and absentee ballot envelopes, indicating their relationship to the voters or how many voters that they have assisted. This Order does not prevent county election officials from requiring persons assisting voters to identify themselves, as required by O.C.G.A. § 21-2-409(a). The information is included in the Official Election Bulletin sent to county offices.

The Bowen Center for the Arts AWARDS PRESENTATION FOR Smallest Little Art Show, Works Under $150

The Bowen Center for the Arts held their Smallest Little Art Show (Works under $150) Awards Reception November 16th. Over $300 in prizes were given after a panel of judges reviewed the 68 beautiful works of fine art, photography, ceramics, jewelry and glass art. This exhibit continues until December 14, 2018.The Gallery and Gift Shop are open Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4 and Saturday Noon to 4.

1st place Jennifer David of Dawsonville, acrylic and pen
1st place Jennifer David of Dawsonville, acrylic and pen

The Bowen judging panel awarded the following:

1st Place to Jennifer David of Dawsonville for her acrylic and pen Old London

2nd Place to David Ferguson of Canton for his photo Lids in Oil

3rd Place to Diana Forster, Canton for her clay piece Dogwood Urn

Old London and Lids in Oil photo by David Ferguson of Canton
Old London and Lids in Oil photo by David Ferguson of Canton

Honorable Mentions went to

Sarah Curtis, Cumming for her pen and ink Centering One’s Self

Judy Linn, Dahlonega for her woodcut Bellapheron, Pegasus & Chimera

John Quinn, Griffin for his photo Dragonfly and Lily

Tom Reed, Dawsonville for his photo Wisconsin Farm

Wanda Black Smith, Dahlonega for her oil Late Fall Leaves

 

Admission is free to The Bowen Center for the Arts located just North of Dawsonville’s Historic Square at 334 Highway 9 North

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Images: first Place winner Jennifer David of Dawsonville’s Old London and second place winner David Ferguson of Canton’s photo Lids in Oil.

 

For more information contact

Ginny Greenwood at 706.216.ARTS(2787)

or Email: director@BowenArts.org

or visit our website at www.BowenArts.org






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