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December 18, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told fellow Republicans to withhold support for the Finance drug pricing bill, but the Iowa Republican hopes to build support by negotiating with the House and urging the president to add his personal touch to the White House’s backing of S. 2543.

December 18, 2019 | Daily News

If Congress ended surprise medical billing, insurance premiums for people with employer-sponsored plans would drop by as much as 3.4%, or approximately $40 billion annually, a new study from Health Affairs found just days after lawmakers announced they would not vote to end surprise billing until 2020.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Health stakeholders are praising Senate and House appropriators for permanently repealing the so-called “Cadillac” health insurance and medical device taxes in the end-of-year spending package released Monday (Dec. 16), following years of lobbying to get rid of the industry taxes Congress had passed to offset the coverage expansion in the Affordable Care Act.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Congress included the pro-generic CREATES Act to help pay for five months of so-called Medicare and Medicaid “extenders” in the one-year government funding bill, plus a few minor biologics policies.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

The year-end spending deal released Monday (Dec. 16) includes industry-sought exemptions from Medicare competitive bidding for manual complex rehab technology wheelchairs and the accessories, but other durable medical equipment stakeholder priorities, like exempting non-invasive ventilators from competitive bidding, were not included in the package.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

The end-of-year spending deal released Monday (Dec. 16) includes funding for five months for several Medicare and Medicaid extenders, as well as two years of Medicaid funding for the territories and an even longer extension for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, as previously anticipated.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

FDA scored a $91 million increase in the year-long fiscal 2020 funding deal hammered out by congressional appropriators Monday (Dec. 16).

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

The spending package being nailed down by congressional leadership includes a provision that blocks the Trump administration from sabotaging the Affordable Care Act by ending silver loading or auto-enrollment, two moves the administration considered but did not proceed with last year, a congressional source and lobbyists confirm.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Congress is slated to fully repeal three controversial health care taxes after congressional leaders agreed to include the repeals in an end-of-year spending package, sources familiar with the talks say.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Congress is creating a new opening to vote on surprise billing and drug pricing legislation next May by limiting Medicare and Medicaid extenders to five months in a year-long government funding bill. 

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Key senators are aiming to get their bill that would ban non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from the market into a year-end spending deal expected to be released soon.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Key senators had aimed to get their bill that would ban non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from the market into a year-end spending deal.

December 13, 2019 | Daily News

A group of Republican senators, led by Commerce Committee Chair Roger Wicker (R-MS), is pushing Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to change his committee’s surprise billing policy for air ambulances to one based solely on arbitration while states collect more data on payment rates.

December 13, 2019 | Daily News

The House rejected a GOP drug pricing proposal that, among its slew of bipartisan provisions, calls for reforming FDA’s over-the-counter drug monograph regulatory framework and establishing a user fee program for OTC drugs.

December 12, 2019 | Daily News

Negotiations for the delay or repeal of several health care-related taxes are still underway after Senate and House appropriations leaders reached a tentative funding deal that will carry the federal government through fiscal 2020, a lobbyist closely tracking the taxes tells Inside Health Policy.

December 12, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats on Thursday (Dec. 12) unanimously voted to pass Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing bill, and two Republicans crossed party lines to support H.R. 3, too.

December 12, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee’s 11th hour surprise billing proposal has lawmakers who spent the past year working on surprise billing scratching their heads, while providers are jumping to support the legislation that could delay consideration of surprise billing until 2020.

December 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate on Thursday (Dec. 12) confirmed Stephen Hahn to be the full-time FDA commissioner by a vote of 72 to 18.

December 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee leaders released a bipartisan agreement to end surprise medical bills and said they want Congress to take up the issue in 2020 rather than rush to pass a policy by year’s end.

December 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Commerce Committee chair wants the air ambulance policy in the House and Senate surprise billing deal removed unless it's changed to his liking, but he declined to describe the changes he is seeking.

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