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July 16, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday (July 16) put together a rural and underserved communities health task force charged with finding bipartisan solutions to improve health care in those communities.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on CMS to quickly finalize a proposed fiscal 2020 hospital inpatient rule that would raise pay for low-wage hospitals by cutting pay for high-wage hospitals, saying this will help rural hospitals keep up with the cost of providing care, but hospital groups say keeping the proposal budget neutral is unnecessary and could be detrimental to some hospitals.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers and federal agencies tasked with monitoring illicit drug flow, including FDA and Customs and Border Protection, pinpointed a lack of data sharing among agencies as a challenge in combating the illicit flow of fentanyl into the United States.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

Nearly all the Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee asked ranking Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) to push for government price negotiation authority to be included in the committee’s drug-pricing package.

July 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection group, has filed suit against HHS seeking a federal court order for documents and information related to a years-long dispute over the establishment, and then restructuring, of HHS' cybersecurity center.

July 15, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released a plan for seniors on Friday (July 12) that includes a number of Medicare proposals, including expanding Medicare services for Alzheimer’s patients, supporting site-neutral payments and expanding telehealth, as other presidential hopefuls begin to release their own health plans.

July 12, 2019 | Daily News

The House is scheduled to vote next Wednesday (July 17) on Rep. Joe Courtney’s (D-CT) legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans, known as the “Cadillac Tax.”

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is negotiating with the White House on a government drug price negotiation plan that spans Medicare Part D, Part B and Medicaid, and the Federal Trade Commission or the Veterans Health Administration would arbitrate when HHS officials and drug company executives fail to agree on price, according to sources briefed on the latest proposal.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee Chairwoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) said she is interested in adding an arbitration backstop to surprise billing legislation the panel unanimously advanced Thursday (July 11), but committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) seemed more hesitant.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday (July 11) approved bills that would delay Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts for two years and decrease the cuts in fiscal 2022 as well as fund community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, teaching health center Graduate Medical Education and special diabetes programs through fiscal 2024.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Democratic-led House Oversight & Government Reform Committee planned to use its first hearing on the Affordable Care Act to shine a light on the law's benefits and investigate the Trump administration's involvement in the lawsuit to overturn it, but administration officials declined to testify and Republicans jumped on the opportunity to criticize Medicare for All.

July 11, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators, including Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has introduced a bill that aims to encourage scientific and medical research on marijuana in part by streamlining development of FDA-approved drugs that use cannabidiol (CBD) and marijuana.

July 10, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is still waiting for a response from FDA to a letter she and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) wrote last month raising concerns with a new device approval pathway proposed in the agency’s fiscal 2020 budget justification.

July 10, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley told Inside Drug Pricing he wants Congress to require that drug makers disclose list prices for prescription drugs in television ads, coming a day after a federal court on Monday (July 8) ruled the Trump administration lacks authority under current law to regulate drug makers’ television ads.

July 09, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic lawmakers and stakeholders are drawing on Republicans’ high-profile lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to unify Democrats around a central health care message going into the 2020 election, even as the progressive wing of the party simultaneously pushes Medicare for All.

July 09, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Republicans huddled with HHS Secretary Alex Azar and White House Domestic Policy Council head Joe Grogan Tuesday (July 9) to discuss the panel’s emerging drug-pricing package, but the group did not reach an agreement.

July 09, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers asks CMS to revisit provider cuts resulting from a new home health pay system, scheduled to go into effect next year, when the agency releases the 2020 home health pay rule.

July 09, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) proposal to tackle maternal mortality gives a much-needed focus on racial disparities in hospitals, but the plan should be anchored in investing in struggling hospitals rather than penalizing or rewarding hospitals based on outcomes, maternal health advocates say.

July 08, 2019 | Daily News

Ahead of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing in the case to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Senate Democrats are on the offense and attempting to pin any potential ruling to scrap the ACA on their Republican counterparts by arguing that GOP lawmakers have been complicit in the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the law.

July 05, 2019 | Daily News

Doctors’ groups and accountable care organizations recently praised Rep. Suzan DelBene’s (D-WA) legislation to eliminate beneficiary cost sharing tied to chronic care management codes, as the providers say getting rid of the payments will lead to more beneficiaries taking advantage of those services.

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