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July 22, 2019 |

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug-price negotiation bill will be unveiled in early September to give drug makers less time to undermine the plan over the August recess and the Congressional Budget Office more time to formally score the bill, senior Pelosi aide Wendell Primus said Monday (July 22).

July 22, 2019 | Daily News

Expanding Medicaid coverage is associated with a reduction in mortality among low-income populations that benefit from expansion, according to a University of Michigan study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research Monday (July 22).

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

Executives from Pfizer, Genentech, Amgen and Alkermes met with White House officials Thursday (July 18) to discuss policies to control drug prices, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers want FDA to expedite its review of drug substances nominated for inclusion on the agency's list of bulk substances that can be compounded based on a clinical need.

July 19, 2019 |

Public Citizen wants the Senate to mandate FDA re-issue the controversial proposed rule on generic drug labeling that it scrapped late last year.

July 19, 2019 | Daily News

The White House asked Democrats late Thursday (July 19) to include in a budget deal Senate Democratic drug-pricing policies that would save the government $115 billion, multiple sources say

July 18, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said that the arbitration backstop plan the House added to its surprise billing policy could lead to artificially inflated rates, and he is lobbying the Senate to add a different arbitration approach to its surprise billing measure.

July 18, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that would require FDA, in consultation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), to issue guidelines on the production of marijuana as part of the legislation’s larger goal to amend the Controlled Substances Act to make marijuana accessible to researchers for medical purposes.

July 18, 2019 | Daily News

FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy will discuss hemp production during a July 25 Senate agriculture committee hearing, the committee announced Wednesday (July 17).

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

The House late Wednesday passed 419 to 6 legislation to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act’s 40% tax on high-cost health plans, also known as the Cadillac tax, a key priority for a broad array of health care stakeholders, including issuers, employers, unions and others.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee added an arbitration backstop to its surprise billing legislation, making the House bill notably different from the Senate version, which could cause problems when the bill goes to conference.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday (July 17) unanimously approved legislation that would delay Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts, reauthorize Medicaid funding to the territories with increased oversight of Puerto Rico’s funding, fund community health centers and other extenders for four years, and tackle surprise billing.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Republicans asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday (July 17) to provide them with information about Medicaid spending and fraud control in Puerto Rico in light of the recent corruption scandal in the Puerto Rican government.

July 17, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Republicans asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday (July 17) to provide them with information about Medicaid spending and fraud control in Puerto Rico in light of the recent corruption scandal in the Puerto Rican government.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Republicans tried to quickly move the health committee’s broad legislative package through the floor via a procedural move but hit a snag when several senators objected due to concerns over the surprise billing provisions, according to lawmakers -- signaling that the legislation likely won’t be easily passed like lawmakers originally predicted.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Republican leadership hotlined the health committee’s broad cost-cutting package in order to ascertain GOP concerns and discovered several senators were prepared to hold up floor action over the surprise billing provisions -- signaling that Senate leaders have work cut out for them before they can move broader legislation that is expected to merge the health committee's bill with drug-pricing measures from the Finance and Judiciary committees.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday (July 16) reported that the wide-ranging Senate health committee bill, which aims to end surprise medical billing, increase transparency and lower prescription drug and other health costs, would save about $7.6 billion over 10 years, largely due to expected decreases in federal spending on insurance premiums as a result of the surprise billing provisions.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday (July 16) put together a rural and underserved communities health task force charged with finding bipartisan solutions to improve health care in those communities.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on CMS to quickly finalize a proposed fiscal 2020 hospital inpatient rule that would raise pay for low-wage hospitals by cutting pay for high-wage hospitals, saying this will help rural hospitals keep up with the cost of providing care, but hospital groups say keeping the proposal budget neutral is unnecessary and could be detrimental to some hospitals.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers and federal agencies tasked with monitoring illicit drug flow, including FDA and Customs and Border Protection, pinpointed a lack of data sharing among agencies as a challenge in combating the illicit flow of fentanyl into the United States.

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