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July 19, 2018 | Daily News

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Thursday revealed plans to bring a permanent repeal of the medical device tax, a two-year delay of the health insurance tax, a reversal of the ACA's ban on using tax-preferred accounts for over-the-counter medicine and tweaks to health savings accounts (HSAs) to the floor next week, but sources say he doesn't plan a vote on legislation that would delay the 40 percent tax on high-cost plans (known as the Cadillac tax) or mitigate the employer mandate at this time.

July 19, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Democrats are urging their GOP colleagues to back a resolution calling for the Senate to intervene and defend the Affordable Care Act's preexisting conditions protections in the lawsuit brought by 20 GOP-led states challenging the constitutionality of the ACA, but Republicans, who have consistently said they support the consumer protections, have yet to agree to the resolution.

July 18, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on July 25 will hear from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins about the work being done to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, the subcommittee announced Wednesday (July 18).

July 16, 2018 | Daily News

The House on Monday (July 16) passed an over-the-counter (OTC) monograph reform bill by voice vote that would amend FDA's OTC drug review process, set in place a user fee system known as OMUFA and grant 18 months of exclusivity to makers of innovative OTC drugs.

July 16, 2018 | Daily News

The House passed via voice vote on Monday (July 16) legislation to reauthorize FDA's animal drug and animal generic drug user fee programs.

July 16, 2018 | Daily News

A bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act's controversial 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices was not among a slew of bills marked up last week by the House Ways & Means Committee, but the measure is expected to come up on the House floor sometime this month.

July 13, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he hopes a federal court in New Mexico will decide soon whether CMS can resume the ACA's risk adjustment program to avert further premium hikes.

July 13, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee wrapped up a two-day, often fiery, health care markup on Thursday (July 12), ultimately sending to the floor 11 bills that collectively would change rules on tax-favored health savings accounts, offer retroactive relief from the ACA's employer mandate, delay the Cadillac tax until 2023 and allow consumers to use tax credits for off-exchange products.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee approved 30-22 a fiscal 2019 HHS funding bill, following a marathon 13-hour markup, that includes a provision blocking any new funding for the Affordable Care Act and prohibiting the use of funding for existing navigator programs.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday moved forward four of eleven pieces of health insurance-related legislation prior to recessing until Thursday, and while the four bills, which would expand use of health savings accounts, were approved with bipartisan support, committee Democrats strongly objected to backing the broader package that costs $92 billion over 10 years with no offsets.

July 11, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means health subcommittee will hold a hearing on reforming the physician self-referral, or Stark, law on Tuesday (July 17), the committee announced.

July 11, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee will mark up four bipartisan health-related bills Thursday (July 12), including measures to reauthorize the Children's Graduate Medical Education program and nursing workforce development programs.

July 09, 2018 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (NJ) on Monday (July 7) requested the committee hold a hearing examining how FDA safety systems are gamed to block generic competition and potential legislative fixes, including the pending Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act.

July 09, 2018 |

House Energy & Commerce ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (NJ) on Monday (July 9) requested the committee hold a hearing examining how FDA safety systems are gamed to block generic competition and potential legislative fixes, including the pending Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act.

July 05, 2018 | Daily News

GOP Doctors Caucus members asked CMS Administrator Seema Verma to cut back on the number of physicians excluded from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System when the agency sets participation thresholds for 2019, as the lawmakers say they are concerned the smaller number of physicians in the program limits the bonuses high performers can get.

July 05, 2018 | Daily News

Facebook delivered a 748-page document to House lawmakers describing its current process for taking down flagged content and detailing its efforts to ban certain search terms and more quickly remove inappropriate content, but also said its response to the opioid crisis is a work in progress -- a message that echoes Facebook Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's comments during a recent Energy & Commerce Committee hearing.

July 05, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee unveiled a number of draft 340B reform bills it will take up along with seven pending 340B bills at a health subcommittee hearing Wednesday (July 11), and while some of the draft legislation was expected, such as discussion drafts to change the definition of a patient and give the Health Resources and Services Administration more authority, one attorney said others appear to be messaging bills or focused on very narrow concerns.

July 05, 2018 |

The House Energy & Commerce Committee unveiled a number of draft 340B reform bills it will take up along with seven pending 340B bills at a health subcommittee hearing Wednesday (July 11), and while some of the draft legislation was expected, such as discussion drafts to change the definition of a patient and give the Health Resources and Services Administration more authority, one attorney said others appear to be messaging bills or focused on very narrow concerns.

June 29, 2018 | Daily News

Device industry groups continue to express their strong support for a bill, cosponsored by more than half of the House, that would repeal a controversial 2.3 percent excise tax for medical devices, and one technology company representative said she heard from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that the bill will be brought to vote in July.

June 22, 2018 | Daily News

The House overwhelmingly approved a legislative package Friday (June 22) aimed at combating the nation’s opioid crisis, concluding a two-week bonanza of House votes on opioid-related measures that include expanding access to medication-assisted treatment, cracking down on over-prescribers of opioids, increasing telehealth services for treatment of substance use disorder, and encouraging non-opioid pain management techniques.

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