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February 10, 2016 | Daily News

NIH Director Francis Collins raised concerns on Tuesday (Feb. 9) that a push towards funding disease-specific programs would detour the agency from pursuing basic scientific research, a main pillar of the agency's activities.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

HHS is asking Congress for the authority to spend $535 million on the health insurance marketplaces as part of a $2.1 billion fiscal 2017 budget for the exchanges that aims to bring in $1.6 billion in user fees from insurers.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

The Part B drug reimbursement demonstration that CMS communicated to Medicare contractors Friday (Feb. 5) isn't part of the president's proposed budget, and the transmittal was accidentally posted, a CMS spokesperson said.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

The White House fiscal 2017 budget continues the administration's push for Medicaid expansion with an expected proposal to offer three years of full federal funding for newly eligible beneficiaries to states who have not yet expanded, addresses the substance abuse crisis, extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program through fiscal 2019, and includes an unexpected proposal to let states and the federal government jointly negotiate to lower the price of Medicaid drugs.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

The president's 2017 budget proposes a handful of major new CMS policies, including several aimed at reducing drug prices.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

With a request of $5.1 billion for FDA, President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget proposal seeks a $358 billion funding bump for FDA with a focus on medical product safety, food safety, the vice president's cancer “moonshot” initiative and precision medicine.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has a plan to get his medical innovation bill through the Senate despite health committee Republicans' refusal to bend to Democratic demands for mandatory funding of the National Institutes of Health.

February 08, 2016 | Daily News

The Senate health committee on Tuesday (Feb. 9) will hold the first installment of a long-awaited markup of its counterpart to the House-passed Cures legislation, with the committee's lineup including a revised draft of legislation to improve electronic health records, as well as bipartisan bills to streamline FDA's reviews of innovate medical devices, bolster FDA's oversight of reused devices, accelerate the approval process of genetically targeted drugs, identify and remove barriers faced by the next generation of researchers within the National Institutes of Health, among other issues.

February 04, 2016 | Daily News

The Senate health committee chair is considering floating draft language on mandatory funding for the National Institutes of Health prior to an upcoming markup of the upper chamber’s counterpart to the House-passed 21st Century Cures legislation, sources tell Inside Health Policy.

February 03, 2016 | Daily News

A group of eight senators, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (VT), is asking President Barack Obama to include provisions to lower prescription drug costs in his upcoming fiscal 2017 budget, and point to Medicare drug price negotiations as one policy solution that could help bring down those costs.

February 01, 2016 | Daily News

The White House is proposing $1 billion in funding for Vice President Joe Biden's “Moonshot” initiative to find a cure for cancer that includes several proposed investments and new programs at the National Institutes of Health and FDA, including a new FDA virtual cancer center.

February 01, 2016 | Daily News

The White House Press Secretary, speaking at the daily press briefing on Monday (Feb. 1), reiterated the commitment by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to break down barriers that block data sharing among researchers as part of the administration's “Moonshot” initiative to cure cancer.

January 15, 2016 | Daily News

The president's announcement of a new White House initiative led by the vice president to find a cure for cancer drew immediate praise from the medical and research communities, but stakeholders also pointed to significant regulatory hurdles that must be overcome to speed up progress towards a treatment for the complex disease.

January 13, 2016 | Daily News

Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Republican lawmakers about increasing funds for the National Institutes of Health and getting bipartisan NIH and FDA reforms through the Senate and into law the same day President Barack Obama unveiled a new White House mission to cure cancer in his last State of the Union Address.

December 21, 2015 | Daily News

The omnibus spending package signed into law Friday (Dec. 18) fully funds assisted outpatient mental health treatment grant programs, or court-ordered treatment for severely or chronically mentally ill individuals, for the first time.

December 21, 2015 | Daily News

The chairman of the Senate health committee is hopeful the upper chamber's counterpart to the House-passed 21st Century Cures bill will be the next agenda item for the committee.

December 18, 2015 | Daily News

As President Barack Obama on Friday (Dec. 18) signed the omnibus and tax extenders package that pauses three of the Affordable Care Act's main taxes -- the “Cadillac,” health insurance and medical device assessments -- experts were already adding to the discussion on how to get rid of them altogether.

December 18, 2015 | Daily News

Medical imaging stakeholders Thursday praised Congress for including in the massive spending bill language to block implementation of United States Preventive Service Task Force's (USPSTF) recommended grades for breast cancer screenings.

December 17, 2015 | Daily News

A provision of the House spending package released Wednesday (Dec. 16) bars FDA from implementing its controversial menu labeling rule until one year after the agency finalizes guidance, unless that guidance comes before the current implementation date.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act’s major taxes scored a big win this week as measures to delay the “Cadillac,” medical device and health insurance taxes were tucked into the omnibus spending bill and tax extenders package introduced early Wednesday (Dec. 16).