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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.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

The latest House continuing resolution to fund the government, unveiled Monday (Nov. 18), extends through Dec. 20 the same package of so-called health extenders included in the short-term CR that is set to expire Nov. 21, including an extended delay of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate Democrats called on the Senate Appropriations health subcommittee to reschedule a previously postponed markup of the Labor-HHS spending bill, which includes a Democratic-authored amendment to block the Trump administration’s rule withholding Title X funding from facilities that perform abortions or refer patients for abortion.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate appropriations panels are both pushing funding increases for FDA, but whether the agency will get additional money for fiscal 2020 hangs in the balance as lawmakers eye at least one more short-term continuing resolution (CR) and the prospects of individual appropriations bills remains unclear.

October 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that House Democrats’ bill to negotiating drug prices would save taxpayers $345 billion in six years, but that savings would come at the cost of 8 to 15 fewer drugs being invented over a decade -- FDA approves about 30 new drugs annually.

September 26, 2019 | Daily News

A continuing resolution to fund the government and a number of so-called health extenders through Nov. 21 passed the Senate on Thursday (Sept. 26) and the president is expected to sign the legislation.

September 26, 2019 | Daily News

Health care policy experts say FDA and CMS need new staff, training and resources from Congress in order to collaborate on real-world evidence that could be used simultaneously for regulatory evaluation and new payment models.

September 19, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Thursday (Sept. 19) passed a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through Nov. 21 and avert a government shutdown Oct. 1, and the Senate reportedly will take up the CR next week.

September 19, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday (Sept. 19) passed a bill that would give FDA an $80 million funding boost in fiscal 2020, with substantial investments in the agency’s medical countermeasures initiatives, pathogen reduction efforts, compounding oversight, food safety and outbreak prevention, cannabidiol activities and infrastructure maintenance.

September 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee passed a fiscal 2020 funding bill Tuesday (Sept. 17) that would give FDA an $80 million increase over fiscal 2019 levels, with substantial investments in the agency’s medical countermeasures initiatives, pathogen reduction efforts, compounding oversight, food safety and outbreak prevention, cannabidiol activities and infrastructure maintenance.

September 16, 2019 | Daily News

A major increase in FDA’s budget sought by the House may be slipping out of the agency’s reach due the strong likelihood the government will start fiscal 2020 under a continuing resolution, new hurdles to Senate passage of individual spending bills, and pressure on the House to ratchet back its non-defense spending targets to the meet Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 budget ceiling.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

Bipartisan lawmakers from both chambers of Congress applauded as the Senate passed a budget deal on Thursday (Aug. 1) that would raise government spending limits and suspend a debt ceiling until 2021.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The budget and debt ceiling deal reached by Congress and the White House extends sequestration on Medicare through 2029 to help pay for higher budget caps on FDA and other nondefense agencies -- a move the Congressional Budget Office says will increase spending by around 2% for most Medicare benefits through September 2027.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

An FDA expert said the two-year deal reached by Congress and the White House on Monday (July 22) to raise the government’s budget caps is good for FDA in that it moves Congress closer to passing a 6% funding increase for the agency for fiscal 2020.

June 17, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Thursday (June 13) voted to add an amendment to its fiscal 2020 HHS funding bill that would increase funding for Graduate Medical Education by $5 million and pay for that by cutting Department of Education funding.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

Days before the House Appropriations Committee is set to mark up an FDA funding bill, an expert on the agency’s budget process said there are plenty of challenges looming ahead that could sink the $184 million increase that House lawmakers propose in the bill.

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