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December 04, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said he has been working with FDA, GOP lawmakers and industry for several weeks to modify his bill beefing up FDA’s power to regulate cosmetics, and he revealed Wednesday (Dec. 4) that he is changing the ingredient review and user fee language and is open to adding some type of preemption clause.

December 04, 2019 | Daily News

Soon after the White House signaled support for a surprise billing fix with arbitration, two Democrats on the House Education & Labor Committee said they are writing legislation that relies on independent dispute resolution and does not include benchmark pay rates for out-of-network bills.

December 04, 2019 | Daily News

The nation’s largest seniors lobby is urging Congress to include in a year-end spending package a permanent reversal of the Affordable Care Act policy that increased the income threshold above which medical expenses can be deducted.

December 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing next Tuesday (Dec. 10) to review a slate of bills that aim to achieve universal coverage either through a public option, Medicare or Medicaid buy-ins, or providing Medicare for all residents with or without maintaining private alternatives.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

Two former Republican White House officials proposed an alternative to the surprise billing policies Congress is considering, arguing that the two solutions lawmakers are looking it rely too much on government interference.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates that House Democrats’ drug pricing bill would thwart up to 100 drug inventions over a decade, compared to the eight to 15 fewer drugs that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated would result from H.R. 3.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee on Tuesday (Dec. 3) voted 18 to 5 in favor of sending Stephen Hahn’s nomination for FDA commissioner to the Senate floor, despite concerns from both sides of the aisle about whether he will implement a ban on all flavored e-cigarette products.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

FDA can and should do more to monitor the cannabidiol product space, specifically by requiring all companies that make CBD consumer products register with the agency, a former FDA official told Inside Health Policy.

December 02, 2019 | Daily News

More than 40 health and advocacy organizations penned a letter to lawmakers expressing support for Stephen Hahn to be the new FDA commissioner and calling for a swift confirmation.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee has scheduled a Dec. 4 hearing on legislation to reform FDA’s oversight of cosmetic products, E&C Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and health subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo (D-CA) announced Wednesday (Nov. 27).

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

Wide-ranging stakeholders are continuing to press Congress to again delay or to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s fees on health insurance and medical devices, and are strongly pushing lawmakers to fully repeal the forthcoming 40% excise tax on high-cost plans, or the “Cadillac tax,” prior to the end of the year.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump White House is pressing conservative lawmakers to move on surprise billing legislation and ignore outside interest groups’ influence on the debate.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee’s proposal to end air ambulance surprise billing could lead to lower private reimbursement rates for air ambulance providers, and a decrease in private pay rates without an increase in government pay rates could threaten the entire industry, Moody's Investors Service warns.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved two bills aimed at fighting drug companies’ misuse of patents.

November 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee will vote Dec. 3 on whether to send Stephen Hahn’s nomination for FDA chief to the Senate floor, the committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 26).

November 25, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will soon release surprise billing legislation that attempts to appease both providers and insurers, and eliminates billions in savings compared to other bills by driving up payment rates.

November 22, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), are pressing HHS Secretary Alex Azar for answers about the ongoing shortage of pediatric cancer drug vincristine.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Democratic health leaders on Thursday demanded HHS ensure that healthcare.gov functions properly throughout the entire open enrollment season, pointing to reports that as many as 100,000 people may have failed to enroll in coverage on Day 1 of the season due to technical errors.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Democratic health leaders on Thursday demanded HHS ensure that healthcare.gov functions properly throughout the entire open enrollment season, pointing to reports that as many as 100,000 people may have failed to enroll in coverage on Day 1 of the season due to technical errors.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s highly anticipated regulatory proposal to allow drug importation from Canada will be published in January, according to FDA’s fall 2019 regulatory agenda, which was published Wednesday (Nov. 20).

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