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February 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice on Friday (Feb. 8) asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject a request by the Democratic-led House to intervene in Texas v. Azar to defend the Affordable Care Act.

February 08, 2019 | Daily News

Hospitals are pleased that a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday (Feb. 6) reintroduced the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, which would add 15,000 additional Medicare-funded residency slots over five years, shortly after Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) expressed concerns that graduate medical education funding needs to be reworked to better help rural areas.

February 08, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and House Democrats are pushing sister bills to curb rising drug prices: one would direct Medicare to negotiate drug prices and let the government force generic competition before patents and exclusivities expire when negotiations fail; the other would penalize companies that price gouge.

February 08, 2019 | Daily News

Five Democratic senators, including a presidential candidate and another potential candidate, introduced a bill to let the government condition drug exclusivity on companies keeping price increases in the single digits.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee officially identified three pieces of legislation it will push to reverse the Trump administration’s actions to unravel the Affordable Care Act.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

NEW ORLEANS -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill Tuesday (Feb. 5) that they say would lower drug prices by blocking tactics brand-drug makers use to delay generic drug development by withholding drug samples.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday (Feb. 12) to discuss progress in developing non-addictive pain therapies, how health care providers can better treat pain patients and potential federal barriers to improving care for people with pain.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats laid plans for a hearing next Wednesday to examine three bills that would reverse Trump administration policies they say undermined the Affordable Care Act. Energy & Commerce health subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo (D-CA) said her panel would weigh bills to revoke the short-term health plan rule, revive the ACA advertising budget and overturn the administration’s revised guidance on the 1332 waiver.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee spent more time debating whether to hold a hearing on Medicare for All than discussing the stated subject of Wednesday’s hearing -- the implications of the ongoing federal case in Texas that could upend Obamacare.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

A group of drug makers and other health care stakeholders wrote to Senate health and Finance committee leaders on Tuesday (Feb. 5) asking them to pass a package of incentives to boost antibiotic development, saying pharmaceutical companies and investors are losing interest in the field due to a lack of return on new product development.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee discussed the potential for telehealth to reduce health care costs and improve access to primary care at a hearing on Tuesday (Jan. 6), but some said the lack of access to broadband in rural communities as well as originating site rules hinder its use.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

The new Democratic chair of the House subcommittee that handles HHS appropriations pledged Tuesday (Feb. 5) to use her position not just for budgeting purposes but also for aggressive oversight of Trump administration policies on the Affordable Care Act.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats will spend the morning after the president’s State of the Union address investigating the impact of the administration’s policy decisions over the Affordable Care Act in three subcommittee hearings slated to take place simultaneously.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar urged rural health advocates on Tuesday (Feb. 5) to consider new health care models for delivering rural health care in a sustainable manner, and indicated it may be time to rethink the role of hospitals in the future of rural health care.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators working on legislation to curb surprise medical billing sent a letter to prominent stakeholders Tuesday (Feb. 5) in a bid to strike common ground between insurers and hospitals, coming hours before President Donald Trump, who supports cracking down on so-called balance billing, was poised to address health care costs in his State of the Union address.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee next Tuesday (Feb. 12) will hold a drug-pricing hearing, which will be the fourth hearing on the topic over the course of a few weeks.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee asked seven brand drug makers to testify Feb. 26 on rising drug prices after some of those companies refused to testify at a Jan. 29 hearing.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

A week after the temporary end of a month-long partial government shutdown, the stakes are high for FDA as lawmakers and the White House resume talks on a possible deal to fund the government when the short-term spending bill ends Feb. 15.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

HHS wants Congress to ban drug rebates, and Senate Special Committee on Aging Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) said she’d like to work with the president on rebate legislation.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) again on Friday (Feb. 1) called on CMS to change guidance on emergency preparedness for nursing homes.

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