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October 01, 2020 | Daily News

On day two of the House Oversight Committee’s drug pricing hearing, Democrats released details on three more drug makers’ pricing practices, including Amgen’s use of shadow pricing for Enbrel.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Todd Young (R-IN) on Wednesday (Sept. 30) introduced legislation that would establish a payment model under which antibiotic developers could get upfront payment for new antibiotics.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 30) passed a continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown, and extends funding for several Medicare and Medicaid programs, among other health care riders.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

FDA has already shared its criteria for vaccine emergency use authorization directly with vaccine makers, even though the White House continues to stall publication of the guidance, former FDA chief Mark McClellan told House lawmakers Wednesday (Sept. 30).

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

FDA has already shared its criteria for vaccine emergency use authorization directly with vaccine makers, even though the White House continues to stall publication of the guidance, former FDA chief Mark McClellan told House lawmakers Wednesday (Sept. 30).

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Tuesday (Sept. 29) passed a bipartisan bill that would create a new state plan option to extend Medicaid eligibility for up to one year after a beneficiary gives birth, which maternal health advocates applauded.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

HHS strongly defends Operation Warp Speed chief Moncef Slaoui’s financial ties to drug companies in a letter sent to the House coronavirus select subcommittee the same day Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said Slaoui should be fired from the role because of his investments in several biotech companies, including some making COVID-19 vaccines.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats unveiled a revised $2.2 trillion version of their HEROES legislation that creates a special enrollment period in healthcare.gov and ACA tax credits for anyone who has lost a job, and increases Medicaid matching funds, but does not include subsides for COBRA that large employers, unions and other stakeholders have sought.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

The coalition of large employers, unions and other stakeholders that want Congress to subsidize COBRA coverage have ramped up lobbying as talks over the COVID-19 package resumed, releasing a survey that found 7.5 million Americans lost private health insurance in April and May alone and blasting lawmakers for failing to act.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) said President Donald Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar need to “be quiet” and let FDA move forward on guidance that’s expected to strengthen the criteria for emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

The president is directing the HHS secretary to end surprise medical billing by executive fiat if Congress does not pass legislation to fix the problem by year’s end.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Democratic leaders asked the HHS Inspector General to investigate possible political interference into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 response following multiple reports of political appointees attempting to edit and delay scientific reports and conflicting messages from CDC and other parts of the administration.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate put off until Tuesday (Sept. 22) its vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11 and extend funding for several Medicare and Medicaid programs, among other health care riders.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee will hold a hearing on Sept. 30 to hear from scientists and public health experts on what criteria they think COVID-19 vaccines should be required to meet before being approved or authorized by FDA for distribution in the United States, the subcommittee announced Wednesday (Sept. 23).

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee members agreed that telehealth should be supported and maintained following the COVID-19 crisis, but on little else at a three-hour hearing that looked at the Affordable Care Act and the pandemic.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir tried to assure senators Wednesday (Sept. 23) that HHS’ decision to require all health agency rules to be formally signed by HHS Secretary Alex Azar will not interrupt agencies’ rulemaking processes.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

Congress is expected to soon send to the president a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11 that also includes funding extensions for several Medicare and Medicaid programs, a delay in cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals, and an extension for repayment and lowered interest for certain COVID-19 provider relief payments, among other health care riders.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

About 1.53 million people have insurance purchased through Covered California, the highest number since the exchange went live in 2014, which indicates the Affordable Care Act is providing the safety net that Congress intended, exchange executive director Peter Lee announced Tuesday (Sept. 22), a day before he urged Congress to adopt nationwide solutions to lower marketplace premiums, provide options to consumers with inadequate employer coverage and address the health disparities exposed by the pandemic.

September 22, 2020 | Daily News

Two Democratic senators released a report Tuesday (Sept. 22) lambasting the Trump administration for lacking a comprehensive plan to protect nursing home residents, saying data collected both from CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 11 nursing homes residents died every hour from COVID-19 in July and August.

September 22, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed several health bills on Monday (Sept. 21), including one to codify non-emergency transportation as a mandatory Medicaid benefit and another to strengthen maternal health care in rural areas.

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