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May 04, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing next Wednesday (May 12) with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to discuss HHS’ 2022 discretionary budget request, and lawmakers will use the opportunity to quiz Becerra on the administration’s vague plans to cut prescription drug costs and expand health coverage.

May 04, 2021 | Daily News

Payers are urging CMS to quickly approve additional state waivers to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage beyond 60 days and issue timely guidance for states that want to extend coverage for new mothers by using the state plan amendment created by the American Rescue Plan.

May 03, 2021 | Daily News

Policy experts applauded the release of a bipartisan Senate bill that focuses on ramping up the antibiotic supply chain, but the experts say lawmakers also should focus on crafting and passing legislation that creates incentives for antibiotic developers.

April 29, 2021 | Daily News

Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and John Thune (R-SD) on Wednesday (April 28) reintroduced legislation that would codify Treasury guidance and ensure that high-deductible health plans linked to health savings accounts (HSAs) can cover services that help consumers manage chronic disease, a move quickly praised by the Smarter Health Care Coalition, insurers, and other stakeholders who support value-based insurance design (VBID) and have been pushing the bill.

April 29, 2021 | Daily News

CMS issued an interim final rule Tuesday (April 27) that would let urban hospitals be treated as rural hospitals throughout the entire process of seeking a higher Medicare wage reimbursement rate.

April 28, 2021 | Daily News

A broad-based coalition focused on value-based insurance design is re-upping its push to let high-deductible health plans (HDHP) linked to health savings accounts (HSAs) cover more items and services needed to manage chronic diseases, like diabetes, prior to the deductible.

April 27, 2021 | Daily News

HHS announced Tuesday (April 27) a $1 billion capital improvement fund grant with money from the American Rescue Plan so all 1,376 community health centers can expand, renovate or build a new facility to grow their patient base, which is typically communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

April 27, 2021 | Daily News

Key House Democrats plan to include drug pricing reforms in infrastructure legislation regardless of whether the president calls for letting Medicare negotiate drug prices in his American Families Plan, but Senate Democrats are keeping quiet about their next steps if President Joe Biden excludes drug pricing.

April 27, 2021 | Daily News

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review on Monday (April 26) released a slate of 10 policy reforms FDA and payers could undertake to strengthen FDA’s accelerated approval pathway.

April 26, 2021 | Daily News

Vermont Rep. Pete Welch (D-VT) said Monday (April 26) that House Democrats have numerous good ideas on how to spend the $456 billion or so that could be gleaned through government negotiation and other policies in their drug-pricing bill, but they need to focus on ensuring the legislation can pass before fighting over other health care investment priorities.

April 26, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration is moving the right direction on the pandemic-related proposal to waive some intellectual property obligations at the World Trade Organization, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said on Friday, pointing to support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, among others.

April 26, 2021 | Daily News

Medicare patient advocates are worried changing payment models for home health care over time have diminished patients’ ability to obtain Medicare-covered home health and home health aide care, and they want Congress to quiz CMS and the appropriate agencies on whether the benefit’s being properly interpreted and administered.

April 26, 2021 | Daily News

Assisted living facilities are urging Congress and the Biden administration to send them more COVID-19 relief as they face $15 billion in losses and as some facilities have been waiting since September to receive the targeted provider relief they applied for.

April 23, 2021 | Daily News

Nursing home patient advocates oppose a bipartisan bill to let facilities retain temporary nurse aides after the pandemic, calling it misguided and arguing the way to fix staff shortages is not by lowering the training bar but by increasing wages.

April 22, 2021 | Daily News

With a presidential speech just days away, and as reports surface the White House is considering punting health care to a future package, the moderate wing of the Democratic Party is floating a health care wishlist that builds on the Affordable Care Act along with a smattering of other policy reforms, but leaves out Medicare expansions pushed by progressives.

April 22, 2021 | Daily News

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association wants to reduce racial disparities in maternal health by 50% over the next five years by implementing region-specific programs like providing unconscious bias training to physicians or by pushing legislative reforms, like expanding Medicaid postpartum coverage and passing the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act.

April 22, 2021 | Daily News

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) asked for time to meet with the White House chief of staff to discuss the Texas 1115 Medicaid waiver rescission before the Senate Finance Committee’s vote on Chiquita Brooks-LaSure's confirmation for CMS administrator Thursday morning (April 22), but the committee’s vote was not postponed and ultimately resulted in a tie.

April 22, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing May 4 on Democrats’ drug pricing bill following its reintroduction Thursday morning (April 22), lobbyists said.

April 22, 2021 | Daily News

Generic drug makers are lobbying to get their products excluded from penalties for excessive price increases in drug pricing legislation, lobbyists say.

April 21, 2021 | Daily News

A trio of Democratic senators Wednesday (April 21) reintroduced legislation that would allow adults from ages 50 to 64 to buy in to Medicare.

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