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April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Mark Meadows (NC) is writing what he says is a comprehensive drug-pricing bill with fellow House Republicans that could expand rebate reforms to the commercial market, the Freedom Caucus chair told Inside Health Policy Wednesday (April 3).

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

A group of conservative health policy experts, known as the Health Care Consensus Group, has been meeting weekly to craft a GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and that effort took on new importance when President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday (April 3) that his health care plan will be a prominent part of his 2020 campaign.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Republicans are buckling down on making prescription drug pricing a top health care priority after President Donald Trump upended their health care agenda last week by asking GOP senators to devise a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) reintroduced anticipated bipartisan legislation Wednesday (April 3) that would align the strict privacy scheme for substance abuse treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2, with the less-stringent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate on Tuesday (April 2) passed a bill to stop drug companies from avoiding Medicaid rebates by misclassifying brand drugs as generics, sending the first drug-pricing bill of this Congress to the president’s desk.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump stepped back his demand that the Senate immediately craft a health bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, following a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and is now saying that a plan will be voted on after the 2020 elections.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic senators on Tuesday reintroduced a revised version of their Medicare-X bill that would make a government-run public option available first in areas that lack competition, but by 2025 the plan would be in all individual and small business exchanges.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Ranking House Energy & Commerce Committee Republican Greg Walden (OR) said the two parties seem to have worked out differences on FDA-related drug pricing bills that the committee will mark up Wednesday (April 3).

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Republicans and Democrats both said they want to pass legislation that shield patients from surprise billing during the House Education & Labor Committee's first hearing on the issue, and they looked toward existing state regulations as a possible roadmap.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Michael Burgess said maybe Medicare and Medicaid should cover insulin without cost-sharing because the cost to the health care system of diabetics rationing the drug is likely greater than the additional cost of covering it outright.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Rick Scott said Tuesday (April 2) that he told President Donald Trump he is focused on lowering prescription drug prices, despite the president's request last week that he help lead an effort to replace the Affordable Care Act.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Health care stakeholders remain fixated on the lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality as key Republican and Democratic senators urge Attorney General William Barr to explain the Department of Justice’s surprise move to call for the entire health law to be scrapped and as stakeholders file “friend of the court” briefs in the controversial case, Texas v. Azar, which is now on appeal at the Firth Circuit Court.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told Attorney General WIlliam Barr that she profoundly disagrees with his department’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in an ongoing legal battle and said that if the administration wants to repeal Obamacare, it should turn to Congress and not to the courts.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Wednesday (March 27) signaled he would back a bill extending the Trump administration’s proposal to shift rebates to the point of sale to the commercial market.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday that the House will vote next week on a resolution (H. Res. 41) condemning the Trump administration’s effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act through the courts.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Progressive Democrats’ plans to shine a spotlight on Medicare for All have been put on the backburner due to the renewed focus on the Affordable Care Act and the Trump administration’s call for the law to be scrapped in court and replaced by Republicans.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

President Trump told reporters Thursday night that he has tapped GOP senators John Barrasso (WY), Rick Scott (FL) and Bill Cassidy (LA) to craft a health care plan that could replace the Affordable Care Act should the Supreme Court strike it down as he expects, counter to the view of most legal experts.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

A trio of business associations is gathering signatures on a list of guiding principles for surprise billing legislation that it will soon send to House Education & Labor Committee leadership in advance of an April 2 hearing on the issue, the first of its kind on Capitol Hill.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on Friday (March 29) introduced an international reference pricing proposal for prescription drugs that is more aggressive than the Trump administration’s version that has rankled drug makers and split GOP lawmakers.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The House passed Monday (March 25) legislation to stop drug companies from avoiding Medicaid rebates by misclassifying brand drugs as generics, but the bill could face opposition in the Senate even though the upper chamber's original Right Rebate Act was bipartisan.

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