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February 07, 2020 | Daily News

Industry stakeholders and large employers who recently celebrated the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s so-called Cadillac tax urge the Bipartisan Policy Center to rethink its proposal to limit the open-ended tax exclusion for employer-sponsored benefits.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

The moderate New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a slate of bills that aim to improve the Affordable Care Act and hope the measures, along with a number of others the group previously endorsed, will be included in a health reform package that Democratic leadership hopes to unveil around the 10th anniversary of the ACA this March.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

Two Ways & Means Committee Democrats, Reps. Brad Wenstrup (OH) and John Larson (CT), introduced legislation aimed at preventing surprise medical bills by improving provider directories.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

Two bipartisan Ways & Means Committee members, Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and John Larson (D-CT), introduced legislation aimed at preventing surprise medical bills by improving provider directories.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Education & Labor and Ways & Means committees next week will separately mark up bills, introduced Friday (Feb. 7), that take competing approaches to eliminating surprise medical bills.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

The House voted Thursday night (Feb. 6) to condemn CMS’ plan to allow Medicaid block grants, calling it an illegal policy and a “cruel attack on a program that provides for the health and well-being for some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

February 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee’s surprise billing proposal relies only on mediation and arbitration and does not include benchmark payment rates, according to several sources with knowledge of the bill.

February 06, 2020 | Daily News

The head of e-cigarette maker Logic Technology Development told lawmakers Wednesday (Feb. 5) that he disagrees with FDA’s upcoming ban on certain flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) because it exempts disposable products.

February 05, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers expressed frustration with the heads of major e-cigarette makers who tried to shake off responsibility for the youth e-cigarette epidemic by claiming their marketing practices have consistently targeted adults, not kids, in appearances before the Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee Wednesday (Feb. 5).

February 05, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers and experts are pushing for reforms to stop alleged gaming of the Orphan Drug Act’s cost recovery pathway, which is designed to let drug makers obtain an orphan drug designation if they show they won’t recover their development costs.

February 05, 2020 | Daily News

The president on Tuesday (Feb. 4) gave a nod to Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and his drug pricing bill, but it’s unclear whether that mention during the State of the Union address was strong enough to convince Senate Republicans to back the bill.

February 04, 2020 | Daily News

The heads of five major e-cigarette manufacturers, including Juul, Reynolds American and NJOY, will testify before the House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee Wednesday (Feb. 5), a day before FDA’s partial ban on unapproved flavored cartridge-based electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products goes into effect.

February 04, 2020 | Daily News

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb criticized the Senate Finance Committee drug pricing bill’s inflationary rebate policy, arguing that patients who pay a drug’s full list price or those whose drug costs are tied to the list price will pay more if Congress imposes inflation caps on drug prices.

February 03, 2020 | Daily News

Members of the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee discussed myriad food-focused bills, including proposals to ban perfluorinated substances (PFAS) from foods, prevent non-dairy products from being labeled as milk and add sesame to the list of major allergens -- at a hearing last Wednesday (Jan. 30).

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic House leadership announced Friday (Jan. 31) that the House plans to vote on a resolution to disapprove of the Trump administration’s block grant guidance unveiled Thursday.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee plans to release its surprise billing legislation next week and to mark up the bill Feb. 12, according to a committee staffer.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (Jan. 29) discussed several legislative proposals that aim to reform drug manufacturing, update generic drug labels and increase FDA’s authorities over imported medical devices.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Democratic leadership is pushing committee chairs to conclude work on surprise billing legislation by Feb. 13 so they have enough time to negotiate a drug pricing deal before the May 22 deadline for renewing health care extenders, sources say.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) says he is open to compromising with Senate Republicans and the White House on drug pricing legislation, though he doubts House Democrats will soften their stance on Medicare price negotiation.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health panel will review legislative proposals that aim to end gaming of the Orphan Drug Act, improve generic drug labeling and foster continuous manufacturing at a legislative hearing Wednesday (Jan. 29).

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