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May 27, 2021 | Daily News

Georgia’s two newly-elected Democratic senators sent a letter to Senate leadership Wednesday (May 26), followed by a similar letter from civil rights groups on Thursday (May 27), asking that federal action to close the coverage gap in non-Medicaid expansion states be included in an upcoming legislative package.

May 27, 2021 | Daily News

Senate Republicans unveiled a $928 billion infrastructure counteroffer Thursday (May 27) that does not include caregiving infrastructure investments, saying they want a bill to stick to so-called physical infrastructure.

May 27, 2021 | Daily News

Congressional appropriators recently expressed bipartisan, bicameral support for the Biden administration’s proposed new biomedical research agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).

May 27, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate health committee on Tuesday (May 25) passed bipartisan legislation that will increase the amount of funding FDA and the National Institutes of Health can transfer to their respective nonprofit foundations, both of which are supporting activities to research and develop COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.

May 26, 2021 | Daily News

Bipartisan senators passed several maternal health bills through the Senate health committee Tuesday (May 25), advancing policy proposals like anti-bias training for providers and improving Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data collection for rural mothers.

May 25, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator Tuesday (May 25) 55-44, after her confirmation vote was delayed due to objections over a revoked Texas Medicaid waiver extension.

May 25, 2021 | Daily News

A group of organizations representing workers, providers of and beneficiaries who use home- and community-based services sent a letter to Congressional leadership Tuesday (May 25) urging them to put HCBS funding in the next legislative package, as Republicans say a bipartisan infrastructure agreement is still far off and other advocates suspect the package will eventually move through reconciliation.

May 24, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate advanced Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s nomination to CMS administrator with a procedural vote Monday (May 24) that avoids a filibuster in the face of GOP opposition to her over the Biden administration’s cancellation of a Texas Medicaid waiver. The Senate voted 52 to 43 to invoke cloture on Brooks-LaSure's confirmation vote.

May 24, 2021 | Daily News

Group medical practices are asking HHS for more than just time beyond June 30 to spend their provider relief funds; they want the department to address what they consider unnecessarily complex and administratively burdensome financial reporting requirements that make providers submit all their health care expenses to prove they needed the relief.

May 24, 2021 | Daily News

One of the largest clinical laboratory groups in the United States on Friday (May 21) asked the Biden administration to prevent FDA from overseeing laboratory-developed diagnostic tests, coming as key House Democrats press Biden’s HHS to go in the other direction and restore FDA’s lab test oversight that was taken away by a controversial Trump-era directive.

May 21, 2021 | Daily News

The White House appears to be drawing a sharp line when it comes to including investments in the caregiving economy in a potential infrastructure compromise with Republicans, according to a memo the administration sent Friday (May 21) to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking Republican Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) offering to cut over $500 billion from its initial package.

May 21, 2021 | Daily News

An amendment introduced in the Senate would curtail the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s authority to move ahead with World Trade Organization talks on a proposed waiver of certain intellectual property obligations through added “deliberation, transparency, and reinforced congressional oversight” provisions, according to Senate Finance Committee ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID).

May 20, 2021 | Daily News

Children’s health care advocates, who have long been worried about children’s mental health, are cheering the Biden administration’s latest investment of $14.2 million from the American Rescue Plan to create new state and regional pediatric mental health care teams.

May 20, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate is slated to vote Monday (May 24) at 5:30 P.M. on whether to invoke cloture on Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s confirmation to be the next CMS administrator, the last procedural hurdle before a final vote on the nominee.

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators including Senate Finance Ranking Republican Mike Crapo (ID) are reintroducing legislation that would direct the Congressional Budget Office to consider savings from preventive services when estimating the cost of legislation and would let Congressional leaders get an analysis of those measures beyond the 10-year budget window.

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

Emergent BioSolutions officials blamed the manufacturing issues at the company’s COVID-19 vaccine plant in Baltimore on the unprecedented scale-up of production, missing investments and unclear intellectual property agreements, but several Democratic lawmakers noted internal documents show Emergent had multiple warnings about its facility’s shortcomings.

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

Senators from both parties expressed support for continuing telehealth flexibilities after the COVID-19 public health emergency during a Senate Finance Committee hearing Wednesday (May 19), though some lawmakers and witnesses want to see more data collected on the impact of flexibilities before any extensions are made permanent.

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

The House on Wednesday (May 19) overwhelmingly passed, by a vote of 402 to 23, a bipartisan bill aimed at closing a loophole in the Orphan Drug Act that drug policy experts say has let drug makers inappropriately create monopolies on certain products.

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

As major health care organizations largely cheer the Biden administration for proposing to roll back the so-called gag rule, those representing former Title X grantees say HHS needs to go a step further and formally revoke the Trump-era rule that keeps Title X grantees from referring patients for abortions.

May 19, 2021 | Daily News

Democratic chairs of two House committees asked the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday (May 18) to investigate whether AbbVie broke antitrust laws by fending off biosimilar competition with its patent strategy.

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