Resolution Concerning State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Resolution Concerning State Children’s Health Insurance Program

The members of PILMA signed the following resolution in support of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

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SCHIP at a glance

  • SCHIP currently covers more than 6.6 million children nationwide.
  • Since it was enacted in 1997, the number of uninsured children has declined by 24 percent.
  • Uninsured kids are three times less likely to visit a doctor over the course of a year, and more than half of all uninsured kids did not have a “well-child” checkup in the past year—more than double the rate of kids with insurance.

Background on SCHIP

SCHIP Extension Signed

On December 29, 2007, President Bush signed legislation that will provide funding for SCHIP through March 2009. The extension is expected to provide enough funds to cover children currently enrolled in the program.

Democrats, who were unable to reach a compromise with Republicans on a long-term reauthorization of the program, have said that they will continue to negotiate with GOP leaders. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Democrats will not stop “until 10 million children receive the health care coverage they deserve.”

States Unlikely To Expand SCHIP Programs Under Stopgap Funding Measure

Republican and Democratic lawmakers say that they will try to reach a compromise on a long-term reauthorization of SCHIP. Differences over who should get coverage have clearly narrowed over the past months … differences over how to pay for expansion remain considerable,” according to the AP/Herald-Leader.

Congress last month approved a continuing resolution that will maintain coverage for current beneficiaries, after Bush twice vetoed large spending increases proposed by Democrats. The modest spending increase has scuttled plans by several states to expand health coverage.

Democrats also were unable to rescind guidelines issued by the Bush administration in August 2007 that require states to enroll at least 95% of eligible low-income children before expanding eligibility to children in families with higher incomes. The policy directive will impact about half the states. Cindy Mann, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, said that the rule is “definitely a step backward from where we started in 2007,” adding, “We would have seen growth in the program. We’re not going to see that growth, and by August, we’ll start to see a ratcheting down.”

Resolution Concerning Passing Building STAR Legislation

The members of PILMA signed the following resolution concerning legislation to make American biopharmaceutical manufacturers more competitive and to create jobs by passing the Building STAR legislation, which is an essential solution to our nation’s employment, energy, and economic recovery challenges.

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Quick Links

Building STAR Energy Efficiency Retrofit Act of 2010
(S. 3079 / H.R. 5476)


Building Star Energy Efficiency Act of 2010 – Establishes in the Department of Energy (DOE) the Building Star Energy Efficiency Rebate Program of 2010.

Directs the Secretary of Energy to issue rebates to building owners to offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing qualifying equipment or materials or undertaking qualifying services to enhance the energy efficiency of existing commercial buildings and multifamily residential buildings.

Prescribes rebates for the purchase and installation of qualifying: (1) insulation, windows, and qualified high-efficiency window films and screens; (2) new energy efficient equipment, such as boilers, furnaces, and water heaters; (3) unitary air conditioners and unitary heat pumps; (4) variable speed drives for motors; and (5) interior lighting.

Prescribes calculations for reductions in: (1) installed lighting power resulting from installation of qualified interior lighting; and (2) annual energy usage resulting from installation of qualified exterior lighting.

Prescribes calculations also for rebates for qualified: (1) replacement chillers; (2) qualifying services to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings; (3) energy-efficient building operation and maintenance training; (4) service on space heating equipment and cooling systems, (5) energy monitoring and management systems with analog controls; and (6) HVAC testing, balancing, and duct sealing.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish a Building Star Energy Efficiency Loan Program to make grants to states to support financial assistance provided by qualified program delivery entities for making energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to existing buildings that qualify under the Building Star energy retrofit program.

Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to: (1) direct the Secretary to make guarantees for energy efficiency projects, including projects to retrofit residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, facilities, and equipment; and (2) authorize the Secretary, in the case of programs that finance such retrofitting, to offer loan guarantees for portfolios of debt obligations, and to purchase or make commitments to purchase portfolios of debt obligations.Prescribes prevailing wage rate requirements for work conducted using rebates or financial assistance.

Official Bill S. 3079
Official Bill H.R. 5476

Resolution Concerning 12 Years of Data Exclusivity for Biosimilars

The members of PILMA signed the following resolution to establish a regulatory pathway for biosimilars with 12 years of data exclusivity, in order to ensure affordable access to new treatments while encouraging labor job creation for the future.

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“More medicines are in the development pipeline in America than in the rest of the world combined, nearly 3000”

– Source: U.S. FDA, Office of Orphan Product

Resolution Concerning Strong Intellectual Property Protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The members of PILMA signed the following resolution concerning the need for strong intellectual property provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact in order to promote U.S. innovation and protect U.S. jobs.

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The pharmaceutical sector, an Intellectual-Property Intensive Industry, is a leader as an economic engine, alone spending more than 10 times the average in research and development expenditures across all sectors.

– PILMA Jobs & Innovation Report