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June 15, 2021 | Daily News

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) on Tuesday (June 15) released the schedule for marking up fiscal 2022 spending bills, with the committee planning to take up FDA’s appropriations starting next week and HHS’ appropriations in July.

June 10, 2021 | Daily News

Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock told lawmakers Thursday (June 10) that FDA intends to have its domestic facility inspection program upgraded and fully running again by the end of summer 2021 for the first time since inspections were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 01, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s fiscal 2022 HHS budget-in-brief doesn’t include specific Medicare legislative proposals, but the president laid out a health care agenda that calls for extending the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by changing Medicare pay to private insurers -- which some lobbyists said is a reference to changing Medicare Advantage payment -- and provider pay.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

In its fiscal 2022 budget justification released Friday (May 28), FDA identifies several legislative proposals it says could help with the agency’s COVID-19 pandemic response, including by giving FDA authority to require specific medical device supply chain information, request facility records in advance or in lieu of inspections, and share medical product information with state and local governments.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

CMS requests $16.3 million for opioid and substance use disorder support services in its fiscal 2022 budget -- a nearly $13 million increase from the 2021 enacted level -- indicating CMS wants to prioritize tackling the substance abuse crisis this year.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

The President’s budget includes $163 billion over the next 10 years to make permanent the enhanced Affordable Care Act tax credits that were enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan, but the budget punts other health care priorities, including a public option, to Congress. 

May 27, 2021 | Daily News

Congressional appropriators recently expressed bipartisan, bicameral support for the Biden administration’s proposed new biomedical research agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators including Senate Finance Ranking Republican Mike Crapo (ID) are reintroducing legislation that would direct the Congressional Budget Office to consider savings from preventive services when estimating the cost of legislation and would let Congressional leaders get an analysis of those measures beyond the 10-year budget window.

May 07, 2021 | Daily News

Acting FDA chief Janet Woodcock and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci say more funding is needed for scientific research and science-focused government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, so that the different scientific fields can collaborate to transform basic research into innovative products and solutions.

April 15, 2021 | Daily News

There are no drug pricing measures in the discretionary spending outline that the Biden administration released Friday (April 10), but they are expected to appear in the president’s budget request later this spring that senior administration officials said will include offsets.

April 13, 2021 | Daily News

The House late Tuesday (April 13) overwhelming passed legislation to stave off a 2% Medicare sequester cut, sending the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk.

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.