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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.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration wants to move the Center for Tobacco Products out of FDA and establish a new HHS agency to regulate tobacco -- a proposal opposed by major public health organizations and the head of the House Appropriations Committee.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s proposed 2021 budget unveiled Monday (Feb. 10) would exempt qualified residential treatment programs from a restriction that prevents Medicaid from paying for inpatient stays in certain large facilities.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The president’s 2021 budget proposal assumes drug pricing legislation would save $135 billion -- a similar amount to the estimated savings from the Senate Finance Committee’s drug pricing bill -- but the budget does not endorse the Senate bill, an administration official said.

January 09, 2020 | Daily News

The regenerative medicine industry wants federal agencies and Congress to increase coverage and reimbursement for innovative gene therapies and to give FDA extra funding to expedite reviews of new gene therapy applications.

December 19, 2019 | Daily News

The nation’s largest seniors’ lobby applauded Congress for including in its year-end spending package a measure that maintains the 7.5% income threshold for the medical expense deduction for the 2019 and 2020 tax years.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Health stakeholders are praising Senate and House appropriators for permanently repealing the so-called “Cadillac” health insurance and medical device taxes in the end-of-year spending package released Monday (Dec. 16), following years of lobbying to get rid of the industry taxes Congress had passed to offset the coverage expansion in the Affordable Care Act.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

FDA scored a $91 million increase in the year-long fiscal 2020 funding deal hammered out by congressional appropriators Monday (Dec. 16).

December 12, 2019 | Daily News

Negotiations for the delay or repeal of several health care-related taxes are still underway after Senate and House appropriations leaders reached a tentative funding deal that will carry the federal government through fiscal 2020, a lobbyist closely tracking the taxes tells Inside Health Policy.

November 22, 2019 | Daily News

Advocates for non-emergency transportation benefits in Medicaid are pressing Congress to protect those benefits after CMS signaled this week that it is still considering whether the benefits should remain mandatory for states.