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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).

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

House Republicans this week released what would be the first HHS-spending bill since 2005, appropriating $3.67 billion for CMS management and operations, which is equal to the funding received by the agency last year.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The spending bill released by House lawmakers early Wednesday (Dec. 16) morning extends FDA's Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review program to Sept. 30, 2016.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The omnibus spending bill does not include a proposal to exempt off-campus outpatient facilities that are under development from the Medicare site-neutral pay cuts, and hospital lobbyists believe House Republicans left out that measure because they want to keep it for a hospital bill next year.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

A bill giving CMS the ability to grant a blanket hardship exemption from the so-called meaningful use of electronic health records program in 2015 didn't make it into the omnibus spending bill negotiated late Tuesday (Dec. 15), but the American Medical Association is still optimistic the bill could pass before Congress leaves for the year.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The spending deal reached by House lawmakers late Tuesday night looks to offset the cost of reauthorizing the World Trade Center Health Program by limiting federal Medicaid payments for durable medical equipment to Medicare rates decided by competitive bidding, an offset DME suppliers had hoped would instead be used to mitigate Medicare payment cuts in rural areas.

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