Are Beshear’s executive orders legal?

In Wednesday’s meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare and Family Services, Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, questioned the legality of some of Gov. Beshear’s executive orders. Alvarado mentioned KRS 13A.190, which addresses executive-order usage and states that, except under certain guidelines, “an emergency administrative regulation with the same number or title or governing…

Recommendations for a taxpayer-friendly COVID-19 legislative finale offering promise for post-virus recovery

With the Kentucky General Assembly returning to its work today, the Bluegrass Institute urges legislators to make their sole constitutional obligation of passing a balanced budget their top priority. Now isn’t the time to raise taxes and increase spending. There will already be enough of that occurring at both the federal and state levels to…

Prescription-drug policy: Remove obstacles keeping alternatives from reaching the market

We’ve focused in the first two posts of this three-part series addressing prescription-drug policy (here and here) on proposals in the United States Senate which offer solutions in search of problems, harm competition and allow brand-name drug companies to continue keep life-saving generics off the market for longer periods of time – all  with costly…

Prescription-drug policy: Don’t throw the bed out with bedpan

According to IQVIA, a health-care data firm, generic prescription drugs saved Kentucky $5.7 billion in 2017, $3.2 billion of which were savings reaped by the commonwealth’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. However, legislation (S. 64) being considered by the U.S. Senate would delay Kentucky patients access the more-affordable generic and biosimilar drugs being developed today. In…

Bluegrass Beacon: Hit drug program’s PAUSE button

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. The 340B program was created by Congress in 1992 to provide life-saving medicine to poor and uninsured Americans by forcing pharmaceutical manufacturers wanting their drugs covered by Medicaid…

Bluegrass Beacon: Applying the Yellow Pages test to utility ownership

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Considering Frankfort will soon be forced to pass a painful budget, it might be helpful for legislators to apply the Yellow Pages test, an analogy that, for the…