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February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration's newly released fiscal 2019 budget allocates $10 billion across HHS to address the opioid epidemic, $10 million of which would be dedicated to FDA investment in regulatory science and tools for stemming opioid abuse and misuse.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget allocates $20 million to FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence, a pleasant surprise for Friends of Cancer Research (Friends), the organization that has been involved with OCE from its inception.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The White House is taking on what it views as anticompetitive behavior by some generic drug companies that stave off additional generic entrants by being first to file and then “parking” exclusivity by failing to market their product.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

Advocates for robust funding of FDA were pleased the president's fiscal 2019 budget released Monday (Feb. 12) calls for a 13 percent increase over fiscal 2018 continuing resolution levels.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

Less than two weeks after the Republican Party announced it was putting an indefinite pause on its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the White House on Monday (Feb. 12) unveiled a 2019 budget request that lists replacing the health law “as soon as possible,” via a plan similar to the Graham-Cassidy bill, as a top priority.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

A newly released Council of Economic Advisors report on drug pricing, which is expected to inform HHS' fiscal 2019 budget request, is angering both public health advocates and those favoring sweeping drug pricing reforms, given it suggests FDA can lower drug prices by speeding FDA approvals of brand drugs and making FDA's approval standards easy to comply with, all while making no mention of brand industry-opposed reforms, including those that have been floated by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, such as cracking down on abuses of FDA-mandated safety programs.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

Hospitals scored big wins in the budget deal passed early Friday morning (Feb. 9) and quickly signed into law, with Congress including many of the industry's long-sought policy proposals and generally shielding hospitals from the offsets used to pay for the package's wide-ranging slate of health care provisions.

February 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate and House included in their government-funding bills doctor-backed changes to the new Medicare physician pay system, such as excluding the cost of Part B drugs from the calculation of doctor pay, delaying the use of cost measures in doctor performance scores, giving CMS three more years to transition to the performance threshold, and letting the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) weigh in earlier on pay models that providers design.

February 08, 2018 | Daily News

Congress' spending deal includes doctor-backed changes to the new Medicare physician pay system, such as excluding the cost of Part B drugs from the calculation of doctor pay, delaying the use of cost measures in doctor performance scores, giving CMS three more years to transition to the performance threshold, and letting the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) weigh in earlier on pay models that providers design.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

The bipartisan budget deal announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday (Feb. 7) includes four additional years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program; funding for community health centers, teaching health centers and the National Health Service Corps; repeal of the therapy caps; a delay of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts and funding for other so-called Medicare extenders, according to a Democratic overview of the deal and draft bill language obtained by Inside Health Policy.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

Drug lobbyists and policy analysts say the Senate budget deal includes a Medicare Part D offset that the brand drug industry strongly opposes, but they say the details of the measures are unclear because they are written in a way that is difficult to decipher.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

The draft budget deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday (Feb. 7) includes a provision that would for the first time allow hospitals and doctors' offices to share Medicare claims data with standalone Part D prescription drug plans.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a budget deal with Senate Democrats on Wednesday (Feb. 7) that includes $6 billion to fight the opioid and mental health crises, and raises non-defense discretionary spending.

January 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate struck a deal Monday morning and paved the way to fund the government through Feb.8, fund the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, delay the Cadillac tax and medical device tax for two years and pause the tax on health insurance plans for 2019.

January 20, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers are continuing talks Saturday following the government shutdown spurred by the Senate’s midnight rejection of a House continuing resolution that would have funded the government through Feb. 16, leaving the bill’s funding for CHIP and a delay of the ACA's industry taxes in flux.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

The House approved the GOP leadership's one-month government funding bill, along with six years of Children's Health Insurance Program funding and a delay of the ACA's industry's taxes, Thursday evening (Jan.18), 230-197, leaving the fate of a potential government shutdown Friday to the Senate.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

Just hours before the House passed the GOP-crafted short-term continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, led by Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA), were pushing for a vote on separate legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, reauthorize funding for community health centers for two years, permanently repeal therapy caps for seniors in Medicare, and reauthorize the home visiting program for five years.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

Just hours before the House is slated to vote on a GOP-crafted short-term continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, led by Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA), are laying plans to force a vote on separate legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, reauthorize funding for community health centers for two years, permanently repeal therapy caps for seniors in Medicare, and reauthorize the home visiting program for five years.

January 17, 2018 | Daily News

The House Rules Committee adjourned Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 17) without making any headway on a final version of the latest short-term continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown Friday, and which as drafted late Tuesday includes six years of Children's Health Insurance Program funding and a delay in the ACA's industry's taxes.

January 16, 2018 | Daily News

House Republicans plan to attach six years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and delays of three Affordable Care Act taxes to the continuing resolution that must pass by Friday to avert a federal government shut-down, according to GOP lawmakers leaving a conference meeting Tuesday night.

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