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May 18, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee approved 32 opioid-related bills on Thursday (May 17), including a bill that would weaken privacy protections for medical records containing information about substance use disorders and a watered-down version of a bill that would allow Medicaid to cover treatment for opioid use disorder in large inpatient treatment centers.

May 17, 2018 | Daily News

The House will vote next week on the Right to Try bill passed out of the Senate last August, House leadership said Thursday.

May 17, 2018 | Daily News

Insurers in the Affordable Care Act’s individual market made a profit in 2017 as premiums increased on average by 22 percent, leaving many in a profitable position for the first time since the ACA took effect, despite constant uncertainty surrounding Obamacare, according to new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation using data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

May 17, 2018 | Daily News

Virginia Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are asking HHS Secretary Alex Azar to immediately take steps to help stabilize the individual insurance marketplace and protect consumers from premium hikes.

May 17, 2018 | Daily News

CMS' chief actuary says the Trump administration’s proposed rule on short-term health plans could have a much larger impact on the Affordable Care Act markets and federal spending than the agency originally estimated, with the actuary now estimating the plans could attract 1.4 million consumers and increase federal spending by $1.2 billion in the first year alone.

May 17, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee approved Wednesday (May 16) six relatively uncontroversial and bipartisan bills aimed at reducing opioid abuse in Medicare.

May 16, 2018 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee approved Wednesday (May 16) a fiscal 2019 FDA spending bill, and in the process tacked on a controversial tobacco amendment that several Democrats and one Republican argued would essentially rewrite the Tobacco Control Act and weaken FDA’s ability to regulate tobacco products, especially e-cigarettes and cigars that appeal to youth.

May 16, 2018 | Daily News

House appropriators added to their FDA spending bill Wednesday (May 16) a measure calling for FDA to analyze MedWatch data to see whether certain television advertisements -- specifically those from legal firms or marketing firms that warn consumers of dangers associated with specific medicines -- affect medication adherence.

May 16, 2018 | Daily News

A group of conservative leaders, spearheaded by former GOP senator Rick Santorum (PA), plans to float by the end of this month a legislative proposal, similar to the failed Graham-Cassidy bill, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, several coalition members told Inside Health Policy.

May 15, 2018 | Daily News

Health policy experts at the Urban Institute are advancing a new universal health care proposal that would build off existing health care programs.

May 15, 2018 | Daily News

A pro-ACA group Wednesday launched a campaign that casts blame on the Trump administration and the GOP-led Congress for premium increases, holding up the GOP's repeal of the individual mandate penalty, cutback of ACA advertising and outreach, and proposed non-ACA compliant plan options that could undermine the risk pools.

May 15, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Tuesday (May 15) criticized President Donald Trump for tying the 340B program to higher drug prices while his administration has repeatedly delayed implementation of a rule on ceiling prices and manufacturer penalties and pulled back guidance to clarify aspects of the program, including the definition of a 340B-eligible patient.

May 14, 2018 | Daily News

About 60 patient and consumer advocates told House and Senate leadership to reject proposals to cut back the number of patients and safety net providers that are eligible for the 340B drug discount program, though the groups say they support transparency in the program.

May 11, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will mark up legislation aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, the committee’s leadership said Friday (May 11), while not specifying a date for what will be the third markup of significant opioid legislation by a congressional committee this spring.

May 10, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar told senators that the administration’s proposed short-term, limited duration plans are meant to serve as a Band-Aid for consumers facing skyrocketing costs in the absence of congressional action to shore up the ACA markets.

May 10, 2018 | Daily News

A coalition of over 80 groups, including manufacturers, providers, laboratories and patient advocates, sent a letter Wednesday (May 9) to key members of Congress attempting to create momentum around passing legislation in 2018 revising government oversight of diagnostics, including laboratory developed tests (LDTs).

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

In the wake of their failed congressional pitch for Affordable Care Act market stabilization legislation, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are now talking with CMS Administrator Seema Verma about administrative solutions to mitigate Obamacare premium increases -- including possible agency action to let states easily replicate already-approved 1332 waivers, speed up the waiver approval processes, and facilitate the creation of invisible high-risk pools.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced 25 opioid-related bills Wednesday (May 9) to the House floor, along with legislation that would reauthorize FDA’s animal drug and animal generic drug user fee programs.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

Kids' advocates railed against the Trump administration's request to rescind $7 billion from the Children's Health Insurance Program, concerned that nearly $2 billion would be taken out of a contingency fund states might need and that the proposed remaining $5 billion cut still hits health funding, if not CHIP directly, because lawmakers routinely use that money to plug holes in HHS' budget.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday (May 9) voted to send to the floor legislation that would reform FDA’s decades-old process for reviewing over-the-counter drugs, even as lawmakers continued to grapple with the 18-month period of exclusivity that the bill would grant to manufacturers of innovative OTC drugs.

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