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November 19, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate Democratic leaders on health committees are calling for the Trump administration to withdraw its new guidance changing the purpose of 1332 waivers, arguing the guidance is inconsistent with congressional intent and could reduce patients’ access to care, especially for those with preexisting conditions, and increase health care costs by expanding the use of short-term plans.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

Some lawmakers and congressional staff don’t expect a big legislative push for 340B reform in the next Congress, but Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) says he is optimistic his legislation to boost the program’s transparency and reporting could gather bipartisan support.

November 16, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) is returning to chair the Finance Committee after a hiatus as Judiciary chair, and the move gives advocates for lower drug prices an ally on the committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid that they do not have in the current Finance Chair Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is retiring.

November 16, 2018 | Daily News

Lead sponsors Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) are divided on whether they would still back a bill to support generic drug development if a pro-pharma provision were added to reverse changes Congress made to Medicare Part D payments in the coverage gap.

November 15, 2018 | Daily News

Potential incoming Energy & Commerce health subcommittee chair Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) wants to hold hearings before developing her prescription drug policy priorities, she told Inside Health Policy on Tuesday (Nov. 13).

November 15, 2018 | Daily News

Scott Whitaker, the president and CEO of Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), said he is confident there are enough Senate votes to pass a medical device tax repeal bill before the end of this session of Congress, so long as lawmakers find a legislative vehicle.

November 14, 2018 | Daily News

In the wake of leadership elections, newly re-elected Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters that his caucus plans to continue its focus on healthcare in the 116th Congress by using the Democratic majority in the House to press Senate Republicans to take up Democratic health legislation.

November 13, 2018 | Daily News

House Republicans may not have time during the lame-duck period to revisit a package of bills that would provide employers retroactive relief from a series of Affordable Care Act taxes, but Republicans still hope an end-of-year package in the House could offer relief from some employer taxes, outgoing Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said.

November 12, 2018 | Daily News

Health care watchers predict that if OTC monograph reform legislation does not make it to the president before the end of the year, renewed debates around the legislation’s industry incentives could stall the bill in 2019, especially if New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone, who was critical of the incentives included in the House-passed bill, becomes the new Energy & Commerce chair.

November 09, 2018 | Daily News

Rep. Anna Eshoo announced Friday (Nov. 9) her bid to chair the House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee, which is expected to be a key position given Democrats’ campaign promises to work on health care policies and control drug prices.

November 09, 2018 | Daily News

While stakeholders expect lawmakers to focus less on Medicare than other health policy in the new Congress, strengthening Medicare is still part of Rep. Frank Pallone's (D-NJ) agenda for the House Energy & Commerce Committee, advocates hope Democrats will look at coverage gaps in the program, and lobbyists say lawmakers could take another look at the site-neutral cuts included in CMS’ recent hospital pay rule.

November 09, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Democrats, led by ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR), call for CMS to improve regulatory oversight of long-term care facilities' emergency preparedness in a newly released report that finds current rules don't go far to protect beneficiaries during hurricanes.

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Thursday (Nov. 8) asked the president to endorse their bill to ban settlements between brand and generic drug makers that delay generic competition.

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

Many incumbents whose campaigns received significant brand-drug industry funding lost their races on Nov. 6.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

In the immediate aftermath of the midterm elections, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asked the Trump administration to “withdraw from a lawsuit” to eliminate parts of the Affordable Care Act, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told Inside Health Policy he would join Pelosi’s call for the GOP to scrap the suit.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) are confident that the interests of their constituencies will be well represented despite the shift from a GOP-led to Democrat-led House, plus some changes in the Senate, after the midterm elections.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the dietary supplements lobby’s chief champion in the Senate, defended his seat Tuesday (Nov. 5), allowing him to continue his role as co-chair of the congressional dietary supplement caucus and as successor to the legacy of supplement-friendly lawmaking established by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who will retire from the Senate in January.

November 07, 2018 |

Ten Republican members of the Ways & Means Committee will leave the House in January because they lost their midterm races, ran for higher office, or decided to retire.

November 07, 2018 |

With Democrats taking control of the House, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) is highly expected to chair the powerful Energy & Commerce Committee, and, although he comes from a pharmaceutical-heavy district, he told Inside Health Policy prior to the election results that tackling high drug prices would be a top priority as would overseeing the administration's health care agenda.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Ten Republican members of the Ways & Means Committee will leave the House in January because they lost their midterm races, ran for higher office, or decided to retire. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) is likely next in line to be chairman of the health subcommittee, and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) is up for the overall committee chairmanship.

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