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January 18, 2019 | Daily News

Food safety advocates say that the month-long partial government shutdown could have long-term negative effects on the morale of FDA’s food inspection staff, as well as FDA’s ability to retain and hire personnel, who might be turned off by the prospect of being furloughed.

January 18, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) says his committee will be looking into the Medicaid work requirement waivers, which the Trump administration has approved for eight states, but E&C oversight subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) says they aren’t at the top of her agenda.

January 17, 2019 | Daily News

A letter Senate Democrats recently sent to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about the partial government shutdown is likely a political move aimed at highlighting the damage the shutdown is having on the agency while also getting more information that could serve as a foundation for future legislation, a former FDA policy advisor told Inside Health Policy.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

Attorney General nominee William Barr in his Tuesday (Jan. 15) confirmation hearing told Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) that he is open to reconsidering the Department of Justice’s decision to not fully defend the Affordable Care Act against a constitutional challenge from 20 GOP-led states.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

As the newly minted Senate Finance Committee chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) plans to expand the committee’s focus to include FDA-related issues such as drug shortages, generic drug approvals and teen vaping.

January 14, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) recently introduced legislation to add oral health -- including routine dental care -- to Medicare Part B to the delight of beneficiary advocates, and House Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) has also indicated interest in addressing Medicare coverage of oral health.

January 14, 2019 | Daily News

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Monday (Jan. 14) launched an investigation into brand drug makers’ pricing practices weeks before he holds the first in a series of hearings on rising drug prices.

January 14, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate Democratic leaders continued their expected oversight efforts on Thursday (Jan. 10) by demanding CMS explain why it continues to charge states using the federal technology a user fee of up to 3.5 percent of premiums even as the agency has slashed money for exchange advertising and outreach services that those funds are meant to support.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan trio of senators reintroduced legislation that would fully repeal the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office released a statement Friday (Jan. 11) that their report determining if enacted legislation for the current fiscal year exceeds discretionary budget limits will be delayed until funding for all 12 annual appropriations bills can be accounted for.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will discuss a bill on pharmacy benefit manager transparency this session with his committee, a spokesman for the senator told Inside Health Policy.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

As the partial government shutdown hits its third week, 33 Senate Democrats penned a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday (Jan. 11) asking the agency chief how his staff has scaled back oversight of food and medical products; how a shutdown could hinder approval of new medical products and what the agency is doing to address the financial hardship of its staff, 41 percent of whom are furloughed.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate has added to its list of active legislation the House-passed pandemic and emergency preparedness bill, which features language that would reform the way FDA regulates over-the-counter drugs and establish a user fee program for OTC products.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

A White House Office of Management and Budget senior official said Thursday (Jan. 10) that automatic Medicare cuts resulting from the so-called PAYGO rules are on hold due to a lapse in appropriations that prevents an accurate update of the PAYGO scorecard laying out the final amount of those cuts, with one lobbyist calling the chances of losing Medicare pay remote.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

As a federal district judge’s ruling to repeal the Affordable Care Act moves through the court system, some House Republicans are taking steps to prevent the case, brought by GOP-led states, from eliminating protections for preexisting conditions.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means leaders from both parties worry CMS is unilaterally using demonstrations to revamp Medicare law, and call on the agency to be open about how they create demonstrations that test new approaches to paying for goods and services.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic and independent lawmakers, including two potential contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination, called on President Donald Trump to support a package of three aggressive bills intended to lower prescription drug prices.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

Newly tapped Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Wednesday (Jan. 9) he opposes Medicare drug price negotiation, but he seemed to imply he’s open to either changing or eliminating the risk corridors that help protect Part D drug plans from losing money.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he is waiting to see what CMS formally proposes before passing judgment on the International Pricing Index demonstration, but he nevertheless opposes the most important aspect of the informal proposal: indexing U.S. drug prices to those set by foreign countries.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Wednesday (Jan. 9) said he expects to spend time looking at Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse now that he has resumed the chairmanship, along with health care anti-trust issues.

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