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Friday, 23 June 2017

Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt and deputy director of the Obama White House Office of Health Reform Jeanne Lambrew said Friday (June 23) that the Senate's draft health care overhaul bill would hurt low-income individuals and those with preexisting conditions.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Witnesses testifying at a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing Friday (June 23) asked lawmakers to keep the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and federally qualified health centers (FQHC’s) stable for kids and low-income people as Congress pushes to cap Medicaid.

Friday, 23 June 2017

In a press conference with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), Republican Sen. Dean Heller (NV) on Friday (June 23) said he doesn't support the Senate's draft health care overhaul, and will vote against advancing the bill next week if Medicaid expansion isn’t protected.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Democrats would likely use the Supreme Court ruling against mandatory Medicaid expansion to fight federal Medicaid funding caps, a former Senate Republican staffer said, but legal scholars doubt that suit would be a good precedent to use against the caps should the GOP health reform legislation be enacted.

Friday, 23 June 2017

A draft document obtained by Inside Health Policy sets out expected performance goals for an over-the-counter monograph user fee program (OMUFA) under which FDA would see improved review timelines and more efficient review capacity by year four of the program.

Friday, 23 June 2017

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Pew Charitable Trusts and American Academy of Pediatrics along with four other health-focused groups recently penned a letter to Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) showing support for the senators' revised draft of their bill intended to reform FDA's over-the-counter (OTC) drug monograph system.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Recently unveiled over-the-counter (OTC) monograph legislation is all the more important to reducing the monograph backlog given that FDA's fiscal 2018 budget justification maintains fiscal 2017 funding levels for the agency's OTC review processes, the Pew Charitable Trusts recently recently told Inside Health Policy.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

House Republican Study Committee members warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that four components of the House-passed American Health Care Act are crucial to getting a final health reform bill to the White House -- the so-called MacArthur amendment, phasing out enhanced Medicaid expansion by 2020, repealing Affordable Care Act taxes, and preventing federal payments to Planned Parenthood while also keeping subsidies from being used to purchase plans that cover abortion -- and raised concerns the Senate is moving in a direction that could cause the upper chamber's bill to stall in the House.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The discussion draft of the Senate Republican health care reframes the House Medicaid provisions and walks a fine line between appeasing conservatives with promises of spending cuts and giving hope to moderates by setting up a delay in some of the most stringent cuts.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Senate Republicans’ health reform discussion draft is similar to the House-passed American Health Care Act, but gets rid of the continuous coverage provision, offers more generous tax credits and calls for a longer phase-out of Medicaid expansion.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Conservative GOP Sens. Rand Paul (KY), Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (UT) and more moderate Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) announced their opposition to the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, as it is currently constructed, hours after its release.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) said conservatives would like to amend the American Health Care Act to let people keep their Affordable Care Act plans, though it’s not clear whether that would be a temporary option.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Senate Republicans’ health care bill drops the House’s so-called MacArthur amendment for an approach that lets states do more with waivers already available under the Affordable Care Act and that makes those waivers easier to get.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Congressional Budget Office expects to score the Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act early next week, according to a CBO statement, and Senate Republicans aim to vote on the bill shortly thereafter.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Senate GOP health care bill due out Thursday morning (June 22) is expected to follow these specs, which were circulated by GOP staff and health care lobbyists Wednesday night:

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Senate GOP health care bill due out Thursday morning (June 22) is expected to follow these specs, which were circulated by GOP staff and health care lobbyists Wednesday night:

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Release of the working draft of the Senate’s American Health Care Act is imminent, and yet Republican senators say discussion around certain key controversial Medicaid measures is ongoing.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Senate Republicans hope to work around the fact that key provisions included in the House-passed health care bill may not pass muster with the Senate parliamentarian, including measures to fund cost-sharing reduction payments, prohibit tax credits from being used for abortions and set up a stabilization fund.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Republican leadership has indicated the Senate's health reform bill will contain language repealing the ACA's medical device tax, a medical technology lobbyist tells Inside Health Policy.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lawmakers are considering shifting stability funding and cost-sharing subsidies from the American Health Care Act to legislation that funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program because the Senate parliamentarian is leaning against allowing those measures in the AHCA -- a move that could jeopardize the reauthorization of CHIP funding, lobbyists say.

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