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August 31, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee announced Monday (Aug. 31) that it will hold a public hearing with FDA chief Stephen Hahn in September, coming after committee heads held a phone briefing with Hahn and other top agency officials to address the agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and FDA’s reputation as an independent agency.

August 28, 2020 | Daily News

A group of Democratic senators wrote to FDA Thursday (Aug. 27) requesting whether the agency is tracking adverse events and monitoring the use of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients after state reports revealed some nursing home residents were given the investigational therapy without proper authorization or consent.

August 28, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wrote to FDA Thursday (Aug. 27) asking how it notifies medical providers when emergency use authorizations are revoked or changed, and whether there are consequences for companies or providers that continue to distribute and use products after an EUA is revoked.

August 26, 2020 | Daily News

FDA chief Stephen Hahn has not responded to Senate Republicans’ requests for more information on why the agency decided to revoke emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in June, and then to subsequently reject Henry Ford Health System’s request to reissue the authorization.

August 24, 2020 | Daily News

Key House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats wrote to FDA chief Stephen Hahn Monday (Aug. 24) raising concerns President Donald Trump and the White House have stepped up political pressure on the agency and asking how Hahn is protecting the agency’s credibility.

August 21, 2020 | Daily News

HHS and Capitol Hill staffers say, despite a Wall Street Journal article to the contrary, HHS is not planning to reverse its controversial policy on having hospitals report COVID-19 data to HHS instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

August 21, 2020 | Daily News

As the House geared up to vote this weekend on legislation to provide funding for the U.S. Postal Service, a group of Democrats that view themselves as fiscally responsible want bicameral leaders to resume stalled discussions on the next COVID-19 stimulus package.

August 20, 2020 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) demanded a briefing from HHS Secretary Alexander Azar on why the department decided it will no longer require laboratory developed tests to undergo FDA premarket reviews before coming to market.

August 19, 2020 | Daily News

As Senate Republicans and House Democrats remained deadlocked over the scope of the next COVID-19 stimulus package, Senate Republicans are floating a scaled-back version of their relief package that includes new funding for the U.S. Postal Service but still no funding for states.

August 14, 2020 | Daily News

A bicameral bill would improve data collection on COVID-19's impacts on pregnant and postpartum people, coming after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in June that pregnant people may face higher risks of severe COVID-19.

August 13, 2020 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Democrats on Thursday (Aug. 13) asked five major health insurers and four dental insurance companies to explain their profits, coverage policies and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic -- a probe Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) recently signaled would be launched as company after company reported record-setting second quarter profits, largely driven by the steep decline in utilization amid the pandemic.

August 13, 2020 | Daily News

Two Senate health committee Democrats are asking the Congressional Budget Office to rethink its view that a chunk of the short-term limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans allowed by the Trump administration should be considered as health insurance.

August 12, 2020 | Daily News

It is unlikely Congress or the administration could effectively implement a nationwide mask mandate to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Wen Shen, a legislative attorney for the Congressional Research Service, writes in a recent legal paper.

August 12, 2020 | Daily News

It is unlikely Congress or the administration could effectively implement a nationwide mask mandate to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Wen Shen, a legislative attorney for the Congressional Research Service, writes in a recent legal paper.

August 11, 2020 | Daily News

Virginia launched the first COVID-19 contact tracing app on Wednesday (Aug. 5), using the public health surveillance framework created by an Apple and Google partnership, while other interested states and federal policymakers grapple with how to encourage the public to use them.

August 10, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Democrats are once again calling on the administration to open healthcare.gov to any consumers seeking health coverage during the pandemic and are also asking President Donald Trump to let seniors enroll in Medicare Part B during the public health emergency.

August 10, 2020 | Daily News

Seven major drug companies have launched an initiative to seek regulatory and legislative reforms that allow for expanded electronic drug labeling.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee is launching an investigation into health and dental insurers’ business practices as company after company reported record-setting second quarter profits, largely driven by the steep decline in utilization amid the pandemic, Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said Thursday (Aug. 6).

August 05, 2020 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) wrote to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Wednesday (Aug. 5) that his committee has found large gaps in the COVID-19 data nursing homes are reporting to the government, making it difficult to accurately assess death rates, staffing needs and allocate provider relief funds. Neal wants to know by Aug. 21 how CMS will fix the data collection problems.

August 05, 2020 | Daily News

Families USA says Congress must include in the next COVID-19 package policies to help Americans obtain or maintain comprehensive health insurance in order to stem the massive coverage losses and prevent the health sector from erasing more jobs. 

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