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May 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Democrats’ new coronavirus relief legislation would allow New York to receive enhanced federal Medicaid funds even as it reduces its state Medicaid spending by billions of dollars -- an option not available to any other state.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

House Republicans Friday (May 15) blasted Democrats for slipping into their sweeping COVID-19 response package new language that creates a federal backstop to prevent insurer losses, saying the move shows the Democrats are about “corporations first.”

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

HHS and the Department of Defense are working together to restructure the Strategic National Stockpile so that inventory management falls more in line with how DOD handles munitions stockpiles, senior White House officials said.

May 14, 2020 | Daily News

The White House said Thursday (May 14) that it would veto House Democrats’ $3 trillion COVID-19 response bill were it to somehow reach the president’s desk, citing among other reason the bill's failure to ensure that federal dollars would not go toward abortion.

May 14, 2020 | Daily News

Republicans downplayed a former HHS official's claims of Trump administration missteps that slowed development of COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.

May 14, 2020 | Daily News

Forty Democratic senators, led by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), unveiled a resolution to urge the United States to get involved with global efforts to fund and develop COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, including the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi and the World Health Organization’s Solidarity clinical trial.

May 14, 2020 | Daily News

A handful of Democrats unveiled a health data privacy bill Thursday (May 14), after Senate Republicans released their own data privacy bill and amid concerns about data collected for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes.

May 14, 2020 | Daily News

Members of the Senate health committee failed to get administration officials to commit to making COVID-19 drugs and vaccines affordable for everyone or to ensure their equitable distribution.

May 13, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats’ latest COVID-19 relief legislation, unveiled Tuesday (May 12), calls for the United States to participate in a global consortium that was set up to develop vaccines for high-priority epidemics, known as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats’ latest pandemic response bill would make COVID-19 drugs and vaccines free for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the privately insured, but it would do nothing to curb drug prices, and that omission bothers progressive Democrats and consumer and patient lobbyists.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats’ latest COVID-19 response legislation, The Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), would increase FDA’s authority to secure the medical supply chain, enhance FDA’s authority to regulate medical devices, and require HHS to track the availability of COVID-19 diagnostic and serology tests.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

The new COVID-19 relief package unveiled by House Democrats on Tuesday (May 12) would further boost federal matching funds for state Medicaid programs, temporarily increase payments to safety-net hospitals and bar CMS from finalizing tough new restrictions on Medicaid supplemental pay during the public health emergency.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

A sweeping proposal by House Democrats unveiled Tuesday (May 12) would provide funding to states to expand testing and again replenish the provider relief fund, although Republicans have made it clear the bill won’t go far.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats on Tuesday (May 12) unveiled a sweeping proposal for their second iteration of the CARES Act, dubbed the HEROES Act, which includes Medicare provisions that put a spotlight on nursing homes, including provisions that would create nursing home strike teams and incentivize nursing homes to create COVID-19-only facilities.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats’ latest COVID-19 stimulus bill would give providers at least a year to start repaying Medicare Part A and Part B loans, lower the interest rate and allow providers to pay back a smaller amount at a time until the funds are repaid.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats’ $3 trillion coronavirus response bill unveiled Wednesday (May 12) would require HHS establish and promote an eight-week special enrollment period for healthcare.gov, would fully subsidize COBRA coverage, and would mandate that group and individual health plans provide COVID treatment cost-free to enrollees.

May 11, 2020 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) called on CMS to slow down allowing hospitals and health systems to reopen for non-emergency services until facilities meet certain requirements.

May 11, 2020 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) called on CMS to slow down allowing hospitals and health systems to reopen for non-emergency services until facilities meet certain requirements.

May 11, 2020 | Daily News

A group of Senate Republicans led by Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) has introduced legislation to give consumers choices and control over how their personal health, device, geolocation and proximity data can be collected.

May 11, 2020 | Daily News

The dietary supplement and vitamin industry has seen a noticeable spike in first-quarter sales coinciding with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and industry officials say the demand coupled with less FDA oversight is putting increased pressure on the industry to self-regulate.

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