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March 30, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate health committees Friday (March 27) said they’ll fight to include in the next stimulus package a number of proposals aimed at expanding access to affordable health insurance and making COVID-19 vaccines and treatments free for all patients.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

President Trump on Friday (March 27) signed into law Congress’ phase three COVID-19 stimulus bill that includes a long-sought measure to reform FDA’s over-the-counter drug monograph regulatory framework.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed a third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday (March 27) and it now goes to the president’s desk.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump signed a third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday (March 27), just hours after the House passed it.

March 26, 2020 | Daily News

Women’s health advocates are concerned that a provision in the third coronavirus stimulus package passed by the Senate late Wednesday night (March 25) excludes non-profits, such as Planned Parenthood, from accessing Small Business Administration loans, after the original draft provision was tweaked as to not exclude non-profits that receive Medicaid.

March 25, 2020 | Daily News

A portion of the pending coronavirus compromise legislation would require HHS to issue guidance laying out what health information can and cannot be shared during the pandemic, as the Trump administration relaxes some enforcement of privacy law.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

A draft compromise of lawmakers’ third response to the COVID-19 pandemic circulating on Tuesday (March 24) would fund the so-called health extenders and delay Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment cuts only through Nov. 30 -- matching policies in House Democrats’ version of the bill, but providing a shorter extension than the Senate GOP's initial plan to extend the funding until 2022 or fiscal 2022.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The House Democrats’ phase-three COVID-19 response bill would postpone scheduled pay cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospitals, temporarily increase Medicaid DSH allotments during the pandemic emergency, and provide short-term funding for community health centers and a variety of so-called health extenders.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

A draft of the House Democrats’ coronavirus stimulus bill circulating Monday (March 23) would urge health care providers against sending patients surprise medical bills for COVID-19 testing and treatment, and the bill would direct insurers to secure in-network treatments for plan participants.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee are pushing for the bipartisan Safeguarding Therapeutics Act (H.R. 5663) to be included in the COVID-19 response legislative package moving through Congress.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate GOP’s third COVID-19 response package would fund a number of so-called health extenders through 2021 or through the end of that fiscal year, including funding for community health centers, and would delay the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts until fiscal 2022, as well.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate GOP stimulus coronavirus package includes an additional $75 billion in surge funding for hospitals, falling short of the $100 billion in funding sought by the hospital lobby.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The updated phase three coronavirus package unveiled Sunday (March 22) by Senate Republicans keeps all the provisions proposed by the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday (March 19), including language expanding telehealth and increasing funding for community health centers.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate GOP’s phase three coronavirus stimulus bill released Sunday (March 22) removes language, which had been included in a previous version of the legislative package that would allow inpatient hospitals to get paid for qualifying antibiotics under Medicare, and would require the Government Accountability Office to study possible barriers to antibiotic development.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate GOP’s third coronavirus stimulus bill includes several Medicare and Medicaid extenders, which jeopardizes the surprise billing and drug pricing policies that were excluded.

March 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Finance and Senate health committees released their proposals for a third coronavirus stimulus package on Thursday (March 19) that includes new supplemental funding for community health centers, ups pay to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients and further expands telehealth.

March 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate’s coronavirus stimulus bill, released Thursday (March 19), encourages further development and use of antimicrobial drugs by allowing inpatient hospitals to get paid for qualifying antibiotics under Medicare.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate passed a second legislative package to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday (March 18) that includes provisions to ensure all individuals, including those with private plans, Medicare or Medicare Advantage and Medicaid can access COVID-19 tests at no cost and allow states to cover the uninsured under Medicaid for COVID-19 testing and related medical visits.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) are trying to tack their surprise medical bill legislation onto the third coronavirus stimulus package emerging on Capitol Hill, multiple sources close to negotiations say.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

As the Senate moves to pass a second coronavirus stimulus package and draft a third, provider groups are continuing to urge Congress to provide them with more funding and expanded telehealth authority.

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