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Penny Lee of Venn Strategies on Here & Now

The View From A Democratic And Republican Strategist. Republicans won control of Congress in last night’s midterm elections. Two political strategists – one from each party – join us to discuss the results.

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Venn Growing by Leaps and Bounds

VENN AND MONUMENT ALSO GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS: In our spreadsheet on Wednesday, we reported that six firms in our random and arbitrary sample were growing by more than double digits. We missed two in our own tabulation: Monument Policy Group and Venn Strategies also are on pace for a growth rate greater than 10 percent under our calculations.

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More Sunshine on 340B Good for Patients | Commentary

In his recent opinion piece, Ascension Health CEO Robert Henkel pleads with Congress not to tinker with the 340B Drug Discount Program (“Placing the Health and Well Being of Patients First”, Roll Call, July 16). The program was created in 1992 to benefit medically underserved patients in the outpatient setting, but it has grown into a lucrative opportunity for many disproportionate share hospitals (DSH).

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Studies show Alarming Trend

A study released last week by the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) draws a troubling picture of how the 340B drug discount program – created to ensure that medically underserved patients have access to hospital outpatient drugs – not only is benefiting hospitals more than the patients themselves, but in fact may also be driving some hospitals to make business decisions solely in the interest of maximizing financial returns. Both Congress and regulators have an opportunity to put the program back on the right track.

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Hospitals Finding Revenues with 340B

In 1992, the federal government told drugmakers they had to give steep discounts to hospitals that treat a large percentage of poor patients.

The law got bipartisan support and it was a boon for hospitals and the federal government. In the decades that followed, the discount program has grown by leaps and bounds.

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Charity Care Strayed Too Far

More than two decades after Congress formally established the 340B program to ensure that vulnerable and uninsured patients would have access to prescription medicines, it is increasingly clear that needy patients are not always the ones reaping the benefits of this important program.

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Wyden Urges a Closer Look at Passthrough Businesses During Debate on Tax Overhaul

Likely Impact March 14 (BNA) — How to treat small businesses is a big question for lawmakers seeking to overhaul the U.S. tax code—and one that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) says isn’t getting enough attention.

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Venn Strategies gets Mongolia contract

The government of Mongolia has hired Venn Strategies on a lobbying contract. Venn will work on “government and public affairs services,” according to the filing with the Department of Justice. Specifically, they’ll “educate key stakeholders regarding opportunities for trade and investment in/with Mongolia.” Venn will be paid $45,000 per month for the yearlong contract — plus an additional $5,000 for expenses.

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Veteran Aide Brings Bit of Wisconsin to Venn Strategies | Hill Climber

After working in virtually every capacity for Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., including stints as chief of staff, campaign strategist and policy analyst, Erik Olson has moved to Venn Strategies, a full-service public affairs and government relations firm where he hopes to develop the same deep relationships with his clients as those that helped define his years on Capitol Hill.

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Venn Team Continues to Expand with Addition of Top House Aide

Venn Strategies, LLC, a leading national public affairs and government relations firm named one of the fastest growing private companies in America, today announced that Erik Olson, a top House aide, has joined the firm as a Principal.

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The Rate Debate Continues…

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus staked out unique turf yesterday, calling for keeping tax policy stable for middle class taxpayers, allowing rates to rise for taxpayers making more than $250,000, but for taxing capital gains and dividends at 20 percent.

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Lawmakers, Lobbyists Square off on the court: Via Politico’s Huddle

The 15th annual congressional charity basketball game tips off tonight at the Smith Center at The George Washington University. Congressional staffers take on lobbyists at 6 p.m., followed by the lawmakers vs. lobbyists game at 7:30 p.m.

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