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May 08, 2020 | Daily News

A group of Democratic senators, led by Chris Murphy (CT) and Tammy Baldwin (WI), on Friday (May 8) demanded HHS Secretary Alex Azar reverse course and use the CARES Act money to reimburse hospitals that care for people with short-term health plans, arguing HHS’ current policy that those on the non-ACA-compliant plans don’t qualify for the payments merely exacerbates financial problems facing the underinsured.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urged the Trump administration Thursday (May 7) to increase production of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and medical supplies by creating a federal agency to oversee public-private partnerships for the COVID-19 crisis.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic lawmakers are pushing a bill to improve oversight and infection control in nursing homes, expanding on some of the requirements CMS has put out in response to COVID-19 and blocking some of the proposals previously pushed by the agency.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins suggested federal researchers should, with appropriate consent, track individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies to see whether they develop the disease later down the road.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Wednesday (May 6) that the chamber’s next stimulus package will include Energy & Commerce health subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo’s (D-CA) bill that calls for an expert committee to assess the U.S. drug supply chain and recommend ways to reduce dependence on foreign drug manufacturing.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals in pandemic hot spots have been stretched thin, but they would have been worse off had they not recently started their own generic drug maker, Civica Rx, which has averted shortages of drugs used to treat COVID-19 patients, a Civica spokesperson said.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

Regeneron told investors that it would have hundreds of thousands of doses of its experimental antibody cocktail to treat COVID-19 ready for distribution by the end of the summer, but biotech company executives say it’s too early to talk about whether Regeneron will donate its supply or what the treatment could potentially cost.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

Gilead executives said they are already seeing lawmakers change their attitudes toward drug price controls as drug makers develop desperately needed drugs and vaccines against COVID-19.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

Pharmaceutical companies anticipate sales returning to normal by the end of the year as life normalizes and people begin returning to doctors’ offices for nonessential procedures and wellness visits, several industry executives said during first quarter investor calls.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Wednesday (May 6) that Democratic priorities for the next coronavirus stimulus package include funding for states and territories, as well as expanded testing and contact tracing.

May 05, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers, providers and hospitals want additional funding for Medicaid and behavioral health included in the upcoming coronavirus stimulus package, as well as funding for providers, although they don’t say how much.

May 05, 2020 | Daily News

Congress should include in the next stimulus bill language that would let employers offer their part-time or seasonal workers stand-alone telehealth services without running afoul of existing law, say employer groups and telehealth providers.

May 01, 2020 | Daily News

House Energy & Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) wants his committee to push key policies he says are critical to reopening the economy.

April 30, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers and provider groups are calling on HHS to raise Medicare reimbursement for providers who provide audio-only telehealth services as well as allow providers to submit diagnoses from those visits for risk adjustment purposes.

April 30, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (April 30) moved to further expand telehealth in a sweeping rule to ease access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries amid COVID-19.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

Nursing homes expect the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to begin distributing much-needed personal protective gear starting next month, although the agency has been silent about its plans.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers hopes to tuck into the next coronavirus response package a newly introduced bill that would increase federal Medicaid matching funds (FMAP) by 1% for telehealth in states that cover those services.

April 28, 2020 | Daily News

Key House lawmakers released a concept paper Monday (April 27) outlining FDA and clinical trial reforms they want included in the second iteration of the 21st Century Cures Act, though they say some of the proposals could be wrapped into the next rounds of COVID-19 relief legislation this year.

April 28, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined other business and health care stakeholders on Tuesday (April 28) in urging Congress to include measures in the next stimulus package to help Americans maintain, or access, health insurance coverage throughout the public health crisis.

April 23, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed an emergency spending package on Thursday (April 23) that includes $75 billion for providers, which the president is expected to sign into law.

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