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February 04, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) reintroduced a mental health bill that would lift a restriction barring certain mental health professionals from billing Medicare for their services.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Friday (Feb. 1) challenged congressional Democrats, who are critical of the administration’s proposal to eliminate drug rebates, to suggest an alternative.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

New Mexico is pushing to have a Medicaid buy-in bill that could reduce premiums as much as 29 percent in place by the end of next year -- a move that could put the state on the map as the first to implement such a program.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of 10 first-term House lawmakers wrote a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday (Jan. 30), urging the agency to not allow plant-based products to use dairy terms in their labeling, an issue the agency hopes to resolve as a part of its multi-year nutrition innovation strategy.

January 31, 2019 | Daily News

As House Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) gathers co-sponsors for an upcoming Medicare for All bill, which she says will be different than Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) single-payer bill, Democrats signal they are open to a variety of approaches when it comes to single-payer or Medicare expansion.

January 31, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee announced that for the first time it will hold a hearing on the controversial case to undo the Affordable Care Act.

January 31, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s proposal to let exchange plans prohibit some manufacturer drug coupons from counting towards patients’ out-of-pocket cost caps is praised by insurers and generic drug makers as a way to lower consumers’ costs and promote generics, but patient advocates and brand-drug companies say it would increase patients’ costs.

January 30, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee leaders on Tuesday (Jan. 29) pushed for a five-year funding package for community health centers -- more than double the funding provided the last time lawmakers extended funding for those providers.

January 30, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Democrats launched an investigation into rising insulin prices on Wednesday (Jan. 30), one day after two other committees highlighted the plight of diabetics who can’t afford new versions of the drug.

January 30, 2019 | Daily News

A think tank president says HHS’ proposal to index Medicare Part B drug prices to those in foreign countries references the wrong 15 countries, and his proposal for tweaking the administration’s proposal caught the attention of Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC).

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) are seeking comments on a draft bill to exempt performance-based drug-reimbursement contracts from the Medicaid best price rule, anti-kickback law and the so-called Stark law against doctor self-referrals, the senators announced Tuesday (Jan. 29).

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the new Senate Finance Committee chairman, said that HHS Secretary Alex Azar is likely using the administration’s International Price Index model for Medicare Part B to extract concessions from pharmaceutical companies after the committee’s first in a series of planned hearings on prescription drug pricing.

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee used Tuesday’s (Jan. 29) hearing on preexisting conditions to again highlight Republicans’ attempts to repeal the health law during the last Congress, whereas GOP members tried to pivot away from problems with the Affordable Care Act and steer to other health care issues.

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee kicks off its first hearing on prescription drug pricing Tuesday (Jan. 29), but Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) already tweeted that a future topic of investigation will be abuses of the rebate system by pharmacy benefit managers -- an announcement that would typically be made by committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

January 28, 2019 | Daily News

The American College of Emergency Physicians is joining the effort to craft legislation that would mitigate so-called surprise billing and is pushing insurers to make more of an effort to cover emergency services and to take responsibility for payments.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Ensuring generic drug manufacturers have access to samples necessary for drug development, allowing personal drug importation, banning settlements that delay generic competition and improving transparency of the rebate system are realistic legislative goals this session, a health policy aide to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) said.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

The generic, brand and biologic drug lobbies have joined a coalition that is organizing against Medicare for All proposals.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

Top medical device lobbyists are pitching a legislative proposal that would let FDA accept user fees for new device applications during the partial federal government shutdown. Lobbyists say the proposal would prevent the agency’s device center from running out of funding during the shutdown and allow reviewers to work on a growing backlog of new device submissions.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Thursday (Jan. 24) reintroduced legislation that would fully repeal the 40 percent excise tax on high-cost health plans, commonly known as the “Cadillac tax,” garnering immediate praise from wide-ranging stakeholders that have long worked to strike the provision from the Affordable Care Act.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

Piggybacking on providers’ requests, a bipartisan group of four House lawmakers is pressing CMS to delay the Feb. 19 deadline for applications to participate in the revamped accountable care organization program that kicks offs in July.

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