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April 09, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget preview, released Friday (April 9), builds off health priorities in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan and proposed American Jobs Plan by calling for additional funding for home- and community-based services, tackling the opioid crisis, rural health and more.

January 14, 2021 | Daily News

President-elect Joe Biden late Thursday (Jan. 14) unveiled a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that would pump $20 billion into a national vaccination program that results in 100 million vaccinations by the end of his first 100 days.

December 09, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Wednesday (Dec. 9) passed a one-week government funding extension as lawmakers continue to negotiate a potential COVID-19 relief package and stakeholders push to get their priorities, like a fix for pay cuts to certain physicians and a continued moratorium on the Medicare sequester, into an end-of-the-year bill.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday (Dec. 7) said the Senate will likely pass a bill to push back the expiration of government funding through next week and urged Democrats to support his COVID-19 relief legislation -- but his speech on the floor did not mention the $908 billion bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) previously said should serve as a starting point for negotiations.

September 09, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is asking Congress to fund certain so-called Medicare and Medicaid extenders -- most of which are set to run through Nov. 30 -- as part of an expected continuing resolution to keep the government open in fiscal 2021, and an Office of Management and Budget document obtained by sister news service Inside Defense also says the White House would consider other policies that often ride along with the extenders, like a delay in cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee on Monday (July 13) passed an HHS spending bill by a vote of 30-22 that would hike HHS’ funding by $1.5 billion.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

House Appropriators on Thursday (July 9) passed out of committee an FDA funding bill that would give the agency authority to mandate the recall of unsafe prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee late Monday (July 6) released a $96.4 billion draft fiscal year 2021 HHS funding bill that is $1.5 billion more than the 2020 enacted level and $11.1 billion above the president’s budget request.

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) sparred with HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan on proposed changes to graduate medical education and cuts to Medicaid in the Trump administration’s fiscal 2021 budget as Hargan, and one Republican lawmaker, reiterated that the budget doesn’t cut Medicaid.

February 26, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidates on Tuesday (Feb. 25) blasted the Trump administration for requesting fiscal 2021 funding cuts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

The board of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA will push Congress for a $120 million increase in FDA’s spending levels in fiscal 2021, which is $72 million more than the $48 million increase over fiscal 2020 levels sought by the Trump administration.

February 18, 2020 | Daily News

A group of Democratic senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump Friday (Feb. 14) urging him to direct the Department of Justice to drop its support of the high-profile Texas v. United States case challenging the Affordable Care Act after he failed to offer up alternative policies protecting people with preexisting conditions in his $4.8 trillion budget released Feb. 10.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar assured senators on Thursday (Feb. 13) that CMS would work with states on their Medicaid financing if the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation is finalized, just one day after CMS Administrator Seema Verma called critics of the rule alarmist and concerns about potential Medicaid funding cuts under the rule overblown.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Finance Democrats pushed HHS Secretary Alex Azar to present the administration’s Affordable Care Act replacement plan on Thursday (Feb. 13), but Azar said the high-profile litigation over the constitutionality of the health law is a long way from being finished and at this point an ACA replacement is a hypothetical situation.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma told the American Medical Association on Tuesday (Feb. 11) that CMS will tackle prior authorization this year, calling the process indefensible just one day after the president’s fiscal 2021 budget proposed to add prior authorization requirements to traditional Medicare.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration again proposed making it easier for states to extend Medicaid coverage for up to one year after a beneficiary with a history of substance use disorders has a baby, despite repeated calls by maternal health advocates to allow states to extend coverage for all postpartum beneficiaries.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Alliance for a Stronger FDA is pleased with President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget request, which calls for a $46 million increase in budget authority for the agency.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The president’s fiscal 2021 budget proposes to rework Medicare Advantage quality bonus pay, eliminating both caps on what plans can receive and the so-called double bonuses certain plans can get, and to confirm beneficiaries’ diagnoses before CMS makes risk-adjusted payments to a plan.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget would cut nearly a trillion dollars from Medicaid over 10 years, impose mandatory work requirements in the program and give CMS more leeway to recoup improper payments.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump omitted his prior calls to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in his $4.8 trillion budget released Monday (Feb. 10), signaling the president may be hesitant to push a policy not popular with voters while he is up for re-election, according to health experts.