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August 08, 2019 | Daily News

Proposals with bipartisan support have been left out of the trifecta of Senate drug-pricing bills, including legislation to require that drug makers disclose list prices in television ads and to ban agreements between generic and brand drug makers that delay generic competition.

August 08, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is pressing FDA to resume surprise inspections of foreign drug manufacturing facilities as part of the administration’s newly unveiled plan to allow prescription drug imports.

August 06, 2019 | Daily News

The National Association of Attorneys General called on House and Senate leaders to vote on bills that would loosen the strict privacy scheme known as 42 CFR Part 2, pass legislation to remove barriers to accessing buprenorphine, and fully eliminate the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion in order to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

AARP spent at least $700,000 on prescription drug pricing-related television ads in five states that span the territory of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and of a handful of GOP senators who face competitive 2020 re-election races.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means leaders are pressing the Department of Transportation to immediately set up an advisory committee that Congress had tasked with recommending ways to prevent patients using air ambulance transports from receiving high-cost bills.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a rural health agenda on Thursday (Aug. 1) that bundles three bills she introduced this week, one with support from Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), that would incentivize more physicians to work in rural areas, expand access to federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and increase use of telehealth in rural areas.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

Bipartisan lawmakers from both chambers of Congress applauded as the Senate passed a budget deal on Thursday (Aug. 1) that would raise government spending limits and suspend a debt ceiling until 2021.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Democrats are using the Congressional Review Act in a bid to block the Trump administration’s policy changing the purpose of the Affordable Care Act’s 1332 waivers.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights wide disparities in how Medicaid payments are distributed to disproportionate share hospitals as Congress grapples with whether to again postpone cuts to Medicaid DSH payments that are scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

In light of a deadly pig disease sweeping across China, bipartisan leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee want FDA to brief lawmakers on the potential threat to the U.S. supply of heparin, the only anticoagulant drug used in the United States for open-heart surgeries and kidney dialysis.

July 30, 2019 | Daily News

The leaders of the Senate Finance and health committees met Tuesday (July 30) to begin cross-committee talks on drug pricing, the chairmen said.

July 29, 2019 | Daily News

Freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Porter (CA) last week dived straight into an ongoing controversary over industry-funded premium assistance programs by asking HHS’ Office of Inspector General to investigate the American Kidney Fund and suspend the advisory opinion that lets AKF take contributions from dialysis firms without facing anti-kickback penalties.

July 29, 2019 | Daily News

Drug makers would pay a significantly larger share of costs in Medicare Part D under the Senate Finance Committee’s new drug-pricing plan, according to Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) office.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

The American Medical Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans are sparring over the arbitration policy in the House’s surprise billing fix as Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) weighs adding a similar policy to his bill.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan introduced in the House Thursday (July 25) would authorize up to 25 grants to state and local entities seeking to tackle social determinants of health by offering new services to Medicaid enrollees, such as food and housing. The bill was introduced by Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Tom Cole (R-OK) and Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA).

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

Hemp farmers, producers, manufacturers and processors, including those in tribal communities, told a Senate panel they are eagerly awaiting FDA’s next move on regulating cannabis-based products, namely those containing cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp, as those regulatory steps will drive the market.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Thursday (July 25) warned fellow GOP senators that the drug pricing bill he negotiated with ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) is moderate compared to policies being considered by the Trump administration and House Democrats.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders from both parties wrote to FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless on Thursday (July 25) suggesting the agency consider seeking help from state medical boards in overseeing the burgeoning stem cell clinics, or, at the very least, share compliance letters that could be used by the boards to revoke licenses of violative physicians.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

A cell biologist praised House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders for suggesting FDA needs to step up its oversight of stem cell products amidst a surge of lawsuits and warning letters sent to violative manufacturers and clinics.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) said Thursday (July 25) it is “very likely” the Trump administration will take its own steps to lower drug prices in Part D, though the details are in flux. Meadows said he attended a drug-pricing meeting Wednesday between President Donald Trump and drug lobbyists that was first reported by Politico.

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