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January 24, 2019 | Daily News

Federal Medicaid advisers voted Thursday (Jan. 24) to recommend that Congress alter scheduled payment cuts to disproportionate-share hospitals so the cuts are phased in more gradually and redistributed among states based upon their percentage of low-income residents.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

Brand-drug lobbyists are warning new House lawmakers to steer clear of Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and not sign on to his drug-pricing bills, a staff member for the House Ways & Means health subcommittee chair said Thursday (Jan. 24) at the Families USA Health Action Conference.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

Medicare for All is picking up support among the American public and federal lawmakers are beginning to consider the idea more seriously.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

Health IT Now said at a briefing on Tuesday (Jan. 22) that it will focus on modernizing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 2019 -- though the group will not say what that entails -- and aligning the stricter 42 CFR Part 2 privacy with a revamped version of HIPAA.

January 18, 2019 | Daily News

Food safety advocates say that the month-long partial government shutdown could have long-term negative effects on the morale of FDA’s food inspection staff, as well as FDA’s ability to retain and hire personnel, who might be turned off by the prospect of being furloughed.

January 18, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) says his committee will be looking into the Medicaid work requirement waivers, which the Trump administration has approved for eight states, but E&C oversight subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) says they aren’t at the top of her agenda.

January 17, 2019 | Daily News

A letter Senate Democrats recently sent to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about the partial government shutdown is likely a political move aimed at highlighting the damage the shutdown is having on the agency while also getting more information that could serve as a foundation for future legislation, a former FDA policy advisor told Inside Health Policy.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

Attorney General nominee William Barr in his Tuesday (Jan. 15) confirmation hearing told Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) that he is open to reconsidering the Department of Justice’s decision to not fully defend the Affordable Care Act against a constitutional challenge from 20 GOP-led states.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

As the newly minted Senate Finance Committee chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) plans to expand the committee’s focus to include FDA-related issues such as drug shortages, generic drug approvals and teen vaping.

January 14, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) recently introduced legislation to add oral health -- including routine dental care -- to Medicare Part B to the delight of beneficiary advocates, and House Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) has also indicated interest in addressing Medicare coverage of oral health.

January 14, 2019 | Daily News

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Monday (Jan. 14) launched an investigation into brand drug makers’ pricing practices weeks before he holds the first in a series of hearings on rising drug prices.

January 14, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate Democratic leaders continued their expected oversight efforts on Thursday (Jan. 10) by demanding CMS explain why it continues to charge states using the federal technology a user fee of up to 3.5 percent of premiums even as the agency has slashed money for exchange advertising and outreach services that those funds are meant to support.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan trio of senators reintroduced legislation that would fully repeal the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office released a statement Friday (Jan. 11) that their report determining if enacted legislation for the current fiscal year exceeds discretionary budget limits will be delayed until funding for all 12 annual appropriations bills can be accounted for.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will discuss a bill on pharmacy benefit manager transparency this session with his committee, a spokesman for the senator told Inside Health Policy.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

As the partial government shutdown hits its third week, 33 Senate Democrats penned a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday (Jan. 11) asking the agency chief how his staff has scaled back oversight of food and medical products; how a shutdown could hinder approval of new medical products and what the agency is doing to address the financial hardship of its staff, 41 percent of whom are furloughed.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate has added to its list of active legislation the House-passed pandemic and emergency preparedness bill, which features language that would reform the way FDA regulates over-the-counter drugs and establish a user fee program for OTC products.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

A White House Office of Management and Budget senior official said Thursday (Jan. 10) that automatic Medicare cuts resulting from the so-called PAYGO rules are on hold due to a lapse in appropriations that prevents an accurate update of the PAYGO scorecard laying out the final amount of those cuts, with one lobbyist calling the chances of losing Medicare pay remote.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

As a federal district judge’s ruling to repeal the Affordable Care Act moves through the court system, some House Republicans are taking steps to prevent the case, brought by GOP-led states, from eliminating protections for preexisting conditions.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means leaders from both parties worry CMS is unilaterally using demonstrations to revamp Medicare law, and call on the agency to be open about how they create demonstrations that test new approaches to paying for goods and services.

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