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March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Progressive Democrats’ plans to shine a spotlight on Medicare for All have been put on the backburner due to the renewed focus on the Affordable Care Act and the Trump administration’s call for the law to be scrapped in court and replaced by Republicans.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

President Trump told reporters Thursday night that he has tapped GOP senators John Barrasso (WY), Rick Scott (FL) and Bill Cassidy (LA) to craft a health care plan that could replace the Affordable Care Act should the Supreme Court strike it down as he expects, counter to the view of most legal experts.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

A trio of business associations is gathering signatures on a list of guiding principles for surprise billing legislation that it will soon send to House Education & Labor Committee leadership in advance of an April 2 hearing on the issue, the first of its kind on Capitol Hill.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on Friday (March 29) introduced an international reference pricing proposal for prescription drugs that is more aggressive than the Trump administration’s version that has rankled drug makers and split GOP lawmakers.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The House passed Monday (March 25) legislation to stop drug companies from avoiding Medicaid rebates by misclassifying brand drugs as generics, but the bill could face opposition in the Senate even though the upper chamber's original Right Rebate Act was bipartisan.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Hospital clinicians and academics say the HHS Office of Inspector General’s call for more paperwork from providers is the wrong way to fix issues with the three-day stay Medicare requires before it will pay for inpatient care, and CMS -- and lawmakers if necessary -- should line up the clocks for the two-midnights admission policy and the three-day stay so that time in the hospital under both policies starts when care begins.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation in the House and Senate Thursday (March 28) that would extend funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps for five years with a 10 percent annual increase and $4.6 billion in additional funding to allow health centers to expand their mental health and addiction services as well as update their facilities.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Republicans in the House and Senate are playing a game of hot potato when it comes to the president’s desire for a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, with House lawmakers passing the responsibility to the Senate, and Senate Republicans punting to the White House.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee approved six pieces of legislation to bolster the Affordable Care Act amid partisan debates over abortion and the purpose of Obamacare.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Thursday (March 28) that he is working with health committee ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA), Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) to develop a bill in each committee to lower health care costs by summer.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) president and CEO Julie Khani said she looks forward to starting a dialogue with FDA to refine aspects of a draft bill that would redefine the agency’s regulatory authority over diagnostics.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Despite concerns from industry, a Senate bill that would ramp up FDA’s regulatory authority over cosmetics would not preempt existing state laws, such as those in California, Minnesota and Washington, and some state laws moving forward.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Faced with the Department of Justice's surprise decision to seek elimination of the entire Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit, House Republican committee leaders huddled Wednesday afternoon to work on a response and to start laying plans for an alternative to Obamacare -- but they hope the White House will lead on this.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

New Jersey on Friday (March 22) became the first federally facilitated exchange to announce a transition to a state-based marketplace, but more states could soon follow suit.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee tried in vain on Wednesday (March 27) to amend bills aimed at speeding generic competition.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Monday (March 25) passed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act that would, among other provisions, provide an additional $20 million to the Money Follows the Person demonstration, marking the second short-term funding boost the program has received since January.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) said Tuesday (March 26) that she has no plans to hold oversight hearings on the 340B drug discount program.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump told Senate Republicans that the Department of Justice’s call for a federal court to scrap the Affordable Care Act provides an opportunity for Congress to improve health care, but Senate Republicans seemed unsure of that and expressed confusion over the administration's shifting stance.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Less than 24 hours after the Department of Justice asked a federal court to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act, House Democrats introduced sweeping legislation to bolster the Obama-era health care law and rallied to protect the law as the case moves through the appeals system.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats repeatedly asked how the Trump administration would meet its goals of eradicating new HIV transmissions by 2030 if the proposed budget would cut $1.3 trillion from the Medicaid program.

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