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June 04, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Tuesday (June 4) passed by voice vote the Senate’s pandemic preparedness bill, which does not include a measure to reform FDA’s over-the-counter (OTC) drug regulatory framework that was part of the House’s original pandemic bill.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and two other members of the committee are raising concerns that FDA’s proposed sunscreen rule, which would require sunscreen makers submit data for 12 ingredients, would lead American consumers to question the safety of sunscreens.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

This week the Congressional Budget Office will score several House and Senate proposals to curb surprise medical bills, according to a Republican staffer.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

As a House Energy & Commerce geared up for a Tuesday (June 4) hearing on legislation to repeal the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital cuts that are set to kick in Oct. 1, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) office said repealing the cuts would be a giveaway to hospitals and is not grounded in reality.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

The House is moving forward with a vote this week on the Senate’s pandemic preparedness bill, which does not include a measure to reform FDA’s over-the-counter (OTC) drug regulatory framework.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

Days before the House Appropriations Committee is set to mark up an FDA funding bill, an expert on the agency’s budget process said there are plenty of challenges looming ahead that could sink the $184 million increase that House lawmakers propose in the bill.

May 31, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s draft proposal to curb surprise billing has spurred sharp divisions between hospitals and insurers as did the Senate’s first stab at legislation several months ago.

May 30, 2019 | Daily News

A new proposal to curb surprise billing by implementing “network-matching,” floated by Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA), could save the federal government $7 billion over 10 years, according to a new analysis by the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.

May 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice and the White House have yet to respond to a May 13 letter from five House committee chairs who are seeking background material and other information on the administration’s decision to stop defending any part of the Affordable Care Act in the high-profile Texas v. Azar case, congressional aides confirm.

May 29, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (IL) again took FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless to task in a letter on Wednesday (May 29), saying their May 14 meeting in which they discussed youth e-cigarette use was “one of the most disappointing and alarming meetings” in his time in public service.

May 28, 2019 | Daily News

Texas state lawmakers approved legislation to ban surprise medical bills that looks very similar to bipartisan Senate bills that would create an arbitration process for insurers and providers to settle disputes.

May 28, 2019 | Daily News

A group of more than 30 House lawmakers, most of whom are Republicans and who are led by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), asked CMS earlier this month to consider using the innovation center to run a demonstration expanding the use of physician-owned hospitals.

May 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday (May 23) that while brand and generic drug makers settled patent disputes more often in fiscal year 2016 than prior years, only one of the agreements met the Supreme Court’s criteria of potentially being anticompetitive.

May 24, 2019 | Daily News

FDA’s drug center would receive an approximate $50 million increase in budget authority over fiscal 2019 levels under the 2020 funding bill passed by the House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on Thursday (May 23), according to a preliminary analysis by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.

May 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on Thursday (May 23) urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to remove from his bill, which raises the minimum purchase age of tobacco from 18 to 21, a provision that would require each state to individually pass laws raising the minimum age.

May 24, 2019 | Daily News

A draft legislative package released by Senate health committee leaders Thursday (May 23) would require plans to have up-to-date provider directories, available online or within 24 hours of an inquiry, but Medicare Advantage (MA) plans would not be included in that policy, according to the office of Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

In a quick turn of events, the focus of drug-pricing legislation in the House shifted from Medicare negotiation to Part D reinsurance reform, which also is the approach that is being considered in the Senate.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, led by emergency room physician Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA), unveiled Thursday (May 23) an outline of legislation that would hold patients harmless from surprise bills and allow providers and issuers to resolve payment disputes through arbitration.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on Thursday (May 23) voted to send a fiscal 2020 funding bill that would give FDA a $184 million increase over its fiscal 2019 levels to the full committee.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee’s bipartisan legislative proposal would hold patients harmless for surprise bills and lays out three possible reimbursement options for those situations: benchmark rates that are similar to the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s solution; an “in-network guarantee” that is supported by employers; and an arbitration option, which hospitals and providers have backed.

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