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September 24, 2019 | Daily News

The House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry all but kills the chances of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) striking a deal on drug pricing with President Donald Trump, lobbyists and analysts say, though they had always said there was little prospect in government drug price negotiation becoming law.

September 24, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers are searching for a way to penalize private equity-backed physician staffing firms that rely on surprise billing as part of their business model, but experts say that it is nearly impossible to target these “bad actors” without handicapping the entire system.

September 24, 2019 | Daily News

A House Democrat suggested giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention power to pull vaping products from the market because FDA is moving slowly.

September 24, 2019 | Daily News

House Oversight and Reform consumer policy subcommittee Chair Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) says Congress should investigate so-called fourth-generation vaping products, a term one public health official used to describe newer products that contain higher levels of nicotine that are particularly addictive.

September 20, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s surprise billing fix would save $21.9 billion over the course of 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

September 20, 2019 | Daily News

A Senate Finance Committee task force charged with looking at six expiring health taxes, including the Affordable Care Act’s taxes on medical devices and health insurers, failed to reach a consensus on next steps in a newly issued report.

September 20, 2019 | Daily News

Senate appropriators call on FDA to take additional steps to address vaping-related illnesses in the fiscal 2020 FDA funding bill and accompanying report they marked up Thursday (Sept.19).

September 19, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday (Sept. 19) passed a bill that would give FDA an $80 million funding boost in fiscal 2020, with substantial investments in the agency’s medical countermeasures initiatives, pathogen reduction efforts, compounding oversight, food safety and outbreak prevention, cannabidiol activities and infrastructure maintenance.

September 19, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday (Sept. 19) unveiled her long-awaited government price negotiation plan, which would give HHS the power to negotiate drug prices that would apply to all payers.

September 18, 2019 | Daily News

A package of so-called health extenders was tucked into the continuing resolution introduced in the House late Wednesday (Sept. 18) to avert a government shutdown Oct. 1.

September 18, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will release a bill Thursday (Sept. 19) that directs Medicare to negotiate prices for at least 25 drugs, and up to 250 drugs, according to lawmakers who have been briefed on the bill.

September 18, 2019 | Daily News

House Education & Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) said that his committee is sorting out technical issues to ensure its surprise billing fix applies to ERISA as well as all other forms of health coverage, and that the committee is also stuck on whether to use a benchmark payment rate or arbitration as the policy fix.

September 18, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Appropriations health subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO) released a fiscal 2020 HHS funding bill on Wednesday (Sept. 18) that would extend some health programs set to expire on Sept. 30 for an additional year, despite work done by the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the Senate health committee this summer to extend these programs for a longer period of time.

September 18, 2019 | Daily News

The American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) wants Congress to provide FDA an extra $316 million to support regulatory science initiatives for medical products, specifically cancer therapies.

September 17, 2019 | Daily News

HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is looking into using its authority under HIPAA to tackle concerns over surprise billing and discussed the idea with a group of insurance industry stakeholders on Tuesday, according to a source who attended the meeting.

September 17, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to release her long-awaited government drug price negotiation plan on Wednesday (Sept. 18).

September 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee passed a fiscal 2020 funding bill Tuesday (Sept. 17) that would give FDA an $80 million increase over fiscal 2019 levels, with substantial investments in the agency’s medical countermeasures initiatives, pathogen reduction efforts, compounding oversight, food safety and outbreak prevention, cannabidiol activities and infrastructure maintenance.

September 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration program lost its funding Friday (Sept. 13) for the second time this year after a short-term extension lapsed, threatening access to medication-assisted treatment and the jobs of those who work at these clinics, according to patient advocates.

September 16, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and ranking Republican Greg Walden (OR) launched an investigation into private equity firms’ role in surprise medical billing, starting with three firms that own physician staffing companies and emergency transport companies.

September 16, 2019 | Daily News

A major increase in FDA’s budget sought by the House may be slipping out of the agency’s reach due the strong likelihood the government will start fiscal 2020 under a continuing resolution, new hurdles to Senate passage of individual spending bills, and pressure on the House to ratchet back its non-defense spending targets to the meet Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 budget ceiling.

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