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April 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare applauded a bipartisan home health bill introduced in the House Thursday (April 11) that would allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives, as opposed to just physicians, to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.

April 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Agriculture biotechnology subcommittee Chair Stacey Plaskett, who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands, said the subcommittee will spend the beginning of Congress’ term making sure FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are on track to have cannabis regulations in place.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

White House and congressional Republicans immediately pounced on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ (VT) introduction of Medicare for All legislation along with four other Democratic candidates to argue that all Democrats support a government takeover of health care, and they attempted to portray GOP ideas as a realistic alternative.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce oversight Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) said Wednesday (April 10) she hopes to have ready by July or September bipartisan legislation that makes insulin affordable.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Wednesday (April 10) if senators cannot reach consensus on a package to lower prescription drug costs by June, such a package may not pass this year.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reintroduced his Medicare for All legislation along with 14 other Democratic senators, pushing the party’s most-left health care proposal once again as other Democrats focus on more-moderate public options.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) bashed Medicare for All and other universal health care proposals Tuesday (April 9) at the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) annual meeting and urged hospital groups to lobby against the progressive Democrats’ proposals.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Tuesday (April 8) at the American Hospital Association’s annual meeting that action must be taken to ease the impact of scheduled Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment (DSH) cuts, calling for hospital groups to work with lawmakers on remedies.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Tuesday (April 8) at the American Hospital Association’s annual meeting that action must be taken to ease the impact of scheduled Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment (DSH) cuts, calling for hospital groups to work with lawmakers on remedies.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

Providers, advocates and plans called for relaxed licensing and originating site policies as well as a national coordinating body on telehealth in response to questions from lawmakers on how to expand access to telehealth.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday (April 9) unanimously approved drug-pricing legislation that would demand price transparency from drug makers and pharmacy benefit managers.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

The night before drug-channel middlemen were set to testify before Senate Finance, the committee’s ranking Democrat said drug companies refuse to commit to cutting drug prices if Congress eliminates drug rebates.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

The new chairman of the Advanced Medical Technology Association’s (AdvaMed’s) board of directors, Kevin Lobo, says the most pressing issue facing the industry is the Affordable Care Act’s 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the latest moratorium on which ends next year.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

CMS’ planned premium risk-reduction demonstration is designed to mask HHS’ bad drug-pricing policy, according to Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

Over 40 consumer groups asked Congress to ensure that any surprise billing legislation they pass applies to all insurance plans and care settings and takes steps beyond simply increasing transparency requirements for plans and providers.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

American Hospital Association Executive Vice President Tom Nickels urged 340B hospitals on Monday (April 8) to join the group’s voluntary 340B reporting initiative -- which more than 900 hospitals have already done -- as he said hospitals face a choice between voluntary reporting or legislation and regulation.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Medicare advisers on Friday (April 5) mulled a proposal to fundamentally restructure the Medicare Part D coverage gap and catastrophic phase to prepare the system for an impending influx of high-cost specialty drugs.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce approved six pieces of legislation out of committee that aim to bolster the Affordable Care Act and reverse administrative actions that Democrats say undermine the law.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) reintroduced their bill to add a Medicare-like, publicly operated health insurance option to the Affordable Care Act’s individual markets.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee is expected to hold a hearing next week on four bipartisan bills aimed at lowering prices after the House Energy & Commerce Committee this week passed six separate bipartisan bills aimed at speeding generic drug competition.

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