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October 08, 2019

Pregnant women legally immigrating to the United States who would have otherwise been eligible for Medicaid in certain states will now be unable to get visas unless they get short-term health plans to enter the United States under a Trump administration proclamation issued on Friday (Oct. 4).

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HHS sent a draft guidance of its drug importation plan to the Office of Management and Budget on Monday (Oct. 7), the same day that both White House Domestic Policy Council head Joe Grogan and former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said they expect the administration to approve Florida’s Canadian importation plan.

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Public Citizen is calling on FDA to withdraw approval of all hydroxyprogesterone caproate-containing drugs, including the brand drug Makena, which are used to reduce risk of preterm birth in women.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg released Monday (Oct. 7) a plan to lower drug prices that resembles government price negotiation legislation orchestrated by House Speak Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and the South Bend, IN, mayor included a measure that liberals back to let the government break patents.

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October 07, 2019

About 27% of adults under the age of 65 have preexisting conditions that could make them uninsurable in the individual or non-group markets, should the courts overturn the Affordable Care Act, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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CMS announced Monday (Oct. 7) that it would be adding an icon to its Nursing Home Compare website to directly notify consumers of nursing homes that have been cited for abuse or neglect, months after Senate Finance leaders called on CMS to display this information more prominently.

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As the end of Ned Sharpless’ tenure as acting FDA chief approaches, former agency chief Scott Gottlieb and a policy analyst predict potential hold-ups in any upcoming commissioner confirmation process.

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Amy Bassano, formerly the deputy director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, has been named acting director of the innovation center after the departure of former director Adam Boehler, who was confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 26 to lead the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

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Immigration advocates and health experts immediately blasted the Trump administration’s unexpected move to block entry of legal immigrants who may “financially burden” the country’s health care system, including those who may be eligible for subsidized exchange coverage.

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Immigration advocates and health experts immediately blasted the Trump administration’s unexpected move to block entry of legal immigrants who may “financially burden” the country’s health care system, including those who may be eligible for subsidized exchange coverage.

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More than a year after the White House called for creation of a single food safety agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb argued against removing food safety from FDA’s regulatory scope.

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About 20% of the doctors that Congress’ Medicare advisory commission previously counted as primary care physicians were misclassified because they mainly care for hospitalized patients, according to new data, prompting concern from several members of the commission over how to best measure patients’ access to primary care.

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October 04, 2019

Congressional Medicare advisers on Friday (Oct. 4) weighed recommending a 20% cut to the hospice aggregate pay cap and linking that cap to the wage index.

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FDA warned the public, in a consumer alert Friday (Oct. 4), to stop using vaping products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, one cannabis industry group argued the response from FDA seems “overly broad” as no cannabis product has been definitively proven to be the cause of the vaping-related lung injury outbreak.

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CMS approved New Jersey’s request to transition from a federally facilitated exchange to a state-based exchange reliant on the federal platform (SBM-FP), and the state plans to devote up to $2 million for ACA navigators and other outreach projects for the 2020 plan year now that it is taking over those functions, New Jersey’s Department of Banking and Insurance announced Thursday.

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The LIttle Sisters of the Poor is again asking the Supreme Court to take up a longstanding argument over whether the ACA’s contraceptive mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and argues that without a decision from the high court litigation on the issue is destined to continue in perpetuity.

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Top officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, one of the major insurers lobbying on Congress’ surprise billing legislation, indicated they would prefer Congress take no action on the issue rather than implement a policy that uses arbitration.

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As Congress scrambles to pass a surprise billing fix before the end of the year, insurers are unwilling to consider a compromise on any solution that includes arbitration, senior officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said.

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The Supreme Court announced that it will hear a challenge to the Louisiana abortion law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges and abortion clinics to have access to emergency medical care.

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FDA on Friday (Oct. 4) called for groups to submit research proposals for the agency’s Safe Use Initiative, which fosters collaborations with the health care community to reduce preventable harm from medication use.

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