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October 09, 2020 | Daily News

A new article in Health Affairs recommends federal and state health officials draw on the protective regulatory approaches for seatbelts, alcohol and smoking to mandate use of face masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 -- offering a roadmap Democratic presidential-contender Joe Biden could use to seek a mask mandate should he win the presidency.

October 08, 2020 | Daily News

Though some stakeholders are praising CMS’ proposed increases to evaluation and management payments in the 2021 physician fee schedule, many physicians groups -- including the American Medical Association -- are loudly decrying the budget neutral cuts tied to those pay hikes, and lawmakers recently asked CMS to mitigate the cuts to give Congress time to step in.

October 08, 2020 | Daily News

If a Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is delayed until after the election because of growing COVID-19 cases on Capitol Hill, there could be major ramifications for the future of the Affordable Care Act.

October 08, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Wednesday (Oct. 7) quietly updated its COVID-19 testing frequently asked questions webpage to say it will no longer review emergency use authorization requests for laboratory-developed tests for COVID-19.

October 06, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday (Oct. 6) he has broken off talks on another COVID-19 relief package until after the Nov. 3 election and has asked Senate Republicans to focus entirely on confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, even as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned that too little relief will stunt economic growth.

October 02, 2020 | Daily News

During a congressional hearing Friday (Oct. 2), HHS Secretary Alex Azar defended the Trump administration’s involvement in public health agency decisions, including White House efforts to alter or block reports and guidances, asserting that some of the actions taken are “perfectly normal” and that lawmakers are over-reacting.

October 02, 2020 | Daily News

Three House Democrats introduced a bill to penalize laboratories that take longer than three days to provide coronavirus test results and to reward fast turnarounds.

October 02, 2020 | Daily News

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Thursday (Oct. 1) urged people to stop talking about potential COVID-19 vaccines in political terms and instead focus on the science, echoing similar pleas from former FDA chiefs, doctors and public health experts, some of whom recently criticized politicians and company CEOs, including Bourla, for talking about vaccine timelines.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats late Thursday passed their $2.2 trillion revised HEROES bill, which includes Affordable Care Act subsides for the unemployed, increased federal matching funds for Medicaid and additional money for providers, after they failed to reach a deal with the White House, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters the talks will continue.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

Six Senate Republicans, including several in tight races, joined Democrats’ failed move Thursday (Oct. 1) to block the administration from continuing its Supreme Court battle to shoot down the Affordable Care Act, further highlighting the GOP’s vulnerability when it comes to the ACA’s most popular provision just a day after Republicans’ effort to pass their own bill claiming to protect people with preexisting conditions fell short.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

Celgene hiked the price of Revlimid to meet sales goals that determine executive compensation and to make it difficult for other companies to research competing cancer drugs, according to a report by the House Oversight Committee.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

On day two of the House Oversight Committee’s drug pricing hearing, Democrats released details on three more drug makers’ pricing practices, including Amgen’s use of shadow pricing for Enbrel.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Todd Young (R-IN) on Wednesday (Sept. 30) introduced legislation that would establish a payment model under which antibiotic developers could get upfront payment for new antibiotics.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 30) passed a continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown, and extends funding for several Medicare and Medicaid programs, among other health care riders.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

FDA has already shared its criteria for vaccine emergency use authorization directly with vaccine makers, even though the White House continues to stall publication of the guidance, former FDA chief Mark McClellan told House lawmakers Wednesday (Sept. 30).

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

FDA has already shared its criteria for vaccine emergency use authorization directly with vaccine makers, even though the White House continues to stall publication of the guidance, former FDA chief Mark McClellan told House lawmakers Wednesday (Sept. 30).

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Tuesday (Sept. 29) passed a bipartisan bill that would create a new state plan option to extend Medicaid eligibility for up to one year after a beneficiary gives birth, which maternal health advocates applauded.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

HHS strongly defends Operation Warp Speed chief Moncef Slaoui’s financial ties to drug companies in a letter sent to the House coronavirus select subcommittee the same day Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said Slaoui should be fired from the role because of his investments in several biotech companies, including some making COVID-19 vaccines.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats unveiled a revised $2.2 trillion version of their HEROES legislation that creates a special enrollment period in healthcare.gov and ACA tax credits for anyone who has lost a job, and increases Medicaid matching funds, but does not include subsides for COBRA that large employers, unions and other stakeholders have sought.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

The coalition of large employers, unions and other stakeholders that want Congress to subsidize COBRA coverage have ramped up lobbying as talks over the COVID-19 package resumed, releasing a survey that found 7.5 million Americans lost private health insurance in April and May alone and blasting lawmakers for failing to act.

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