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November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (Nov. 13) unanimously approved two bills to improve maternal health, including a bill that would allow states to extend Medicaid eligibility for up to one year after a beneficiary gives birth and receive a higher federal match rate.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blocked the passage of a bipartisan bill, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), that aimed to prevent drug companies from patent gaming, after Cornyn called up the bill on Wednesday (Nov. 13) for an expedited floor vote.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

Two FDA experts say 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) plan to weed out government corruption by restricting how companies share data and information with federal agencies could have a chilling effect on FDA and regulated industries.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (Nov. 13) sent to the full committee legislation that aims to curb youth e-cigarette use by, among other things, raising the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21 and banning all characterizing flavors.

November 11, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said HHS isn’t doing enough to protect health records covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and called on the administration to describe how it will prevent health record breaches after a massive exposure of health records occurred in September.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

White House Domestic Policy Advisor Joe Grogan suggested that lawmakers are close to an agreement on surprise billing legislation and believes that something will pass either stand alone or attached to drug pricing measures by the end of the year.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

Trump administration official Joe Grogan on Friday (Nov. 8) railed against FDA regulation of tobacco, arguing that FDA regulates products that help people, and making the agency regulate tobacco, which is “awful” and “has no redeeming qualities,” is a waste of the agency’s time and resources.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan, bicameral bill introduced Thursday (Nov. 7) would increase oversight of hospices after reports released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) in July identified abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries in hospice.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing Thursday (Nov. 14) on caring for aging Americans, and a spokesperson told Inside Health Policy the hearing will likely cover a wide range of issues including care in the home, hospice, nursing homes, antipsychotic use in nursing homes and other long-term care issues.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers recently introduced legislation to keep CMS from adding noninvasive ventilators to the durable medical equipment competitive bidding program for five years after the agency defended its decision to add the ventilators despite lawmakers’ concerns.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

Dozens of hospital and pharmacy groups have thrown their support behind a bipartisan Senate bill to avert drug shortages, with sources telling Inside Health Policy some of the groups worked with the cosponsors to develop the bill.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Wednesday (Nov. 6) he will soon request a floor vote on legislation to require that television drug advertisements disclose list prices.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) warned that a provision in a bipartisan budget reform measure sponsored by Budget Chair Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) could portend the end of traditional Medicare if enacted.  The bill would set up an automatic budget reconciliation process for debt reduction that would kick in should the Congressional Budget Office determine the debt would be higher at the end of a decade than it would be under the budget resolution. The Budget Committee approved the legislation 15-6 on Wednesday.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee on Nov. 20 will hold a confirmation hearing for FDA commissioner nominee Stephen Hahn, who is currently chief medical executive of MD Anderson Cancer Center.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking Democrat Sen. Gary Peters (MI) on Tuesday (Nov. 5) launched an investigation to identify solutions to high drug prices and drug shortages, which he said raise serious health, economic and national security threats.

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.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley suggested  Tuesday (Nov. 5) that he plans to file an updated drug pricing bill next week, and a White House official said the administration is working with the Iowa Republican and ranking Finance Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) on provisions to limit seniors’ monthly out-of-pocket costs and to help seniors with sharply rising insulin list prices.

November 04, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) plans to press FDA commissioner nominee Stephen Hahn to commit to act quickly on a flavor ban on e-cigarettes and on other tobacco issues if he’s confirmed to lead the agency, the lawmaker said in a statement Friday (Nov. 1).

November 01, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Friday (Nov. 1) is expected to move forward with nominating MD Anderson Cancer Center Chief Medical Executive Stephen Hahn for the full-time FDA commissioner position, sources with knowledge of the process told Inside Health Policy.

November 01, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Friday (Nov. 1) is expected to move forward with nominating MD Anderson Cancer Center Chief Medical Executive Stephen Hahn for the full-time FDA commissioner position, sources with knowledge of the process told Inside Health Policy.

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