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January 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Democratic leadership is pushing committee chairs to conclude work on surprise billing legislation by Feb. 13 so they have enough time to negotiate a drug pricing deal before the May 22 deadline for renewing health care extenders, sources say.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) says he is open to compromising with Senate Republicans and the White House on drug pricing legislation, though he doubts House Democrats will soften their stance on Medicare price negotiation.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health panel will review legislative proposals that aim to end gaming of the Orphan Drug Act, improve generic drug labeling and foster continuous manufacturing at a legislative hearing Wednesday (Jan. 29).

January 27, 2020 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) top health aide Wendell Primus told lobbyists in closed-door meetings that he’s open to negotiating with Republicans on whether to let Medicare bargain with drug companies over prices, sources who recently met with Primus told Inside Health Policy.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats are considering celebrating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by voting on legislation to strengthen former President Barack Obama’s signature law, and in turn sending a pre-election message that Democrats will work to protect Americans’ health benefits, according to a well-placed lobbyist.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

A new coalition of right-wing groups is lobbying Congress to adopt a surprise billing fix that doesn’t include a benchmark payment rate, like the policy in the compromise hammered out by the Senate health and House Energy & Commerce committees.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates say they anticipated Republicans would try to make up $1.5 trillion or so spent on the 2017 tax cuts in 2017 by reducing spending on entitlement programs, and so they were not surprised the president seemingly broke from his earlier pledges to protect Medicare and suggested during a Wednesday interview that changes to entitlement programs would come out toward the end of the year if he wins another term.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee health subcommittee will hold a hearing on Jan. 29 to discuss legislative proposals aimed at improving the safety of food and drugs and increasing regulatory transparency, the subcommittee announced Wednesday (Jan. 22).

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

Executives of the top five e-cigarette manufacturers will testify before the House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee on Feb. 5, E&C Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and oversight subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced Wednesday (Jan. 22).

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee’s top Republican is pushing legislation that would give FDA authority to seize and destroy counterfeit medical devices, combination products and vaccines coming across U.S. borders.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

House Education & Labor Committee Democrats are gathering information from the Department of Labor that could lay the foundation for legislative action to bolster the federal government’s enforcement of mental health parity law when it comes to employer-sponsored plans.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

Air ambulance executives told federal regulators last week that they must send patients expensive “surprise medical bills” to compensate for underpayment from private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

Heading into 2020, third-party medical device servicers will focus on two key issues: extending right-to-repair laws to medical devices, and addressing cybersecurity on older medical devices, industry representatives told Inside Health Policy.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

House Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce and Education & Labor Committee leaders are asking HHS and the Department of Labor to better inform individuals with COBRA about their Medicare eligibility, as the lawmakers say those who become eligible for Medicare while they have COBRA coverage face potential financial liabilities due to the current lack of coordination.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

FDA Deputy Director of Regulatory Programs Doug Throckmorton assured lawmakers during a recent hearing that the agency doesn’t need more authority from Congress to regulate cannabidiol (CBD) products.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

Leaders on the House Energy & Commerce Committee are probing why there has been a lag in the development and approval of complex generic drugs, which tend to be high-cost medications, and whether FDA needs new authority from Congress.

January 16, 2020 | Daily News

A group of laboratories and clinicians filed a citizen petition challenging FDA’s attempts to stop labs from providing physicians with genetic test data that assess a patient's risk of an adverse response or likelihood to respond to a given drug.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

The debate over the future of the health care system will continue to be a key issue on the presidential trail in 2020, but as Tuesday’s winnowed-down Democratic debate highlighted, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is now the lone top-tier presidential candidate still calling for a quick transition to Medicare for All, while the other Democratic candidates argue that their policy ideas are just as bold.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

States want HHS and Congress to allow them to use grants aimed at curbing the opioid crisis to also tackle other drugs that are prevalent in their regions, including cocaine and methamphetamine, as lawmakers call on HHS to explain how it is responding to a rise in the use of stimulants.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) wants the House to vote on surprise billing legislation soon and said policy differences among the House committees of jurisdiction are small, despite evidence to the contrary.

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