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March 21, 2019 | Daily News

The American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution are pushing lawmakers to expand site-neutral pay to on-campus hospital outpatient departments, a call that was mirrored in the president’s fiscal 2020 budget.

March 20, 2019 | Daily News

FDA will kick off the start of a conversation with stakeholders on reforming dietary supplement law with a public meeting May 16, agency chief Scott Gottlieb tweeted Tuesday (March 19).

March 20, 2019 | Daily News

FDA will kick off the start of a conversation with stakeholders on reforming dietary supplement law with a public meeting May 16, agency chief Scott Gottlieb tweeted Tuesday (March 19).

March 20, 2019 | Daily News

Provider groups and plans are calling on Congress to give them greater access to claims data and to make the true cost of services transparent as the Senate health committee looks for possible solutions to driving down health care costs.

March 19, 2019 | Daily News

FDA is calling on Congress to pass legislation that would require medical device makers to notify FDA of expected device shortages and would allow temporary importation of critical devices during shortages.

March 18, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Medicare advisers blasted Congress for changes to the Medicare coverage gap last year and asked lawmakers to make plans responsible for a larger share of prescription drug costs in Part D.

March 18, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) last Thursday (March 14) introduced a bill to expand the number of states with Medicaid-funded community mental health clinic pilots from eight to 19, and HHS Secretary Alex Azar said he looks forward to working with lawmakers to make sure it passes.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to inform the Senate Finance Committee about any talks CMS is having with states on running their Medicaid programs through block grants, and the answer he got was no.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) called on Congress to support a bill to bolster artificial intelligence (AI) in health care, saying it would promote quicker recovery times and more accurate diagnoses.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

The lobby representing the nation’s dental plans and dozens of lawmakers from both parties are urging CMS to update healthcare.gov so that all Americans, including Medicare beneficiaries, can purchase stand-alone dental plans without having to first buy medical insurance.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

House Education & Labor Committee Democrats quickly rejected committee Republicans’ request for a hearing on the House Medicare for All bill (HR 1384), saying the committee will instead focus its energy on shoring up the Affordable Care Act.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar told Senate Finance Committee members Thursday (March 14) that the more than 18,000 Arkansas residents who lost Medicaid coverage after work requirements took effect is a normal level of churn.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of more than 70 House lawmakers wants CMS to withdraw a proposal to weaken coverage protections in six classes of drugs, according to a March 13 letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar and House Republicans criticized the recently introduced Medicare For All bill at a House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee hearing Tuesday (March 12), saying it would eliminate Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, a claim that the office of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said was true, but the office said the bill would cover everything MA does.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan bill is being introducing Thursday (March 14) to let CMS share drug-pricing data with congressional advisers for Medicare and Medicaid policies.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said Wednesday (March 13) that drug-pricing policy proposals that are likely to pass in Congress this session would benefit Medicare more than the commercial market.

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said Wednesday (March 13) that his focus in 2019 will be to block the Trump administration’s health care agenda, rather than to promote ambitious Democratic proposals to overhaul Medicare, which Pallone said have almost no chance of passing in the current Congress.

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee continued their effort to crack down on the Trump administration’s expansion of what they call “junk insurance,” launching an investigation into a dozen groups that market or offer short-term, limited-duration health plans.

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

House Republicans say they are angry at Democrats for changing this year’s version of the CREATES Act, but the bill is the same as last year’s version, and Republicans seem to be mad that Democrats are not sticking with a PhRMA-backed version from which Democrats and generic drug makers have since distanced themselves.

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is considering changing the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay formula, and his office told Inside Health Policy another delay of the cuts would simply be a budget gimmick.

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