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January 10, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic and independent lawmakers, including two potential contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination, called on President Donald Trump to support a package of three aggressive bills intended to lower prescription drug prices.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

Newly tapped Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Wednesday (Jan. 9) he opposes Medicare drug price negotiation, but he seemed to imply he’s open to either changing or eliminating the risk corridors that help protect Part D drug plans from losing money.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he is waiting to see what CMS formally proposes before passing judgment on the International Pricing Index demonstration, but he nevertheless opposes the most important aspect of the informal proposal: indexing U.S. drug prices to those set by foreign countries.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Wednesday (Jan. 9) said he expects to spend time looking at Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse now that he has resumed the chairmanship, along with health care anti-trust issues.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Tuesday (Jan. 8) approved three-month funding extensions for two Medicaid programs aimed at helping people receive care in their homes and communities: the Money Follows the Person demonstration, and spousal-impoverishment protections for people receiving home- and community-based services.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

Incoming House Oversight & Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Joe Neguse (D-CO) will join original sponsors Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) in supporting a bill that would expand the Trump administration’s international reference pricing concept to span the entire U.S. drug market and would give the government power to invalidate brand-drug makers’ exclusivity if their drug prices are deemed excessively high.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb reiterated over the weekend (Jan. 5 and 6) that the agency will not accept any new abbreviated new drug applications for generic drugs during the government shutdown, and said that funding to review some pending brand-drug and biologic applications will run out in about a month.

January 08, 2019 | Daily News

The House late Tuesday (Jan. 8) passed, for the second time in the past month, a legislative package that would both reauthorize a number of hazard preparedness programs and reform the way FDA regulates over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

January 08, 2019 | Daily News

Key Senate and House Democrats Tuesday demanded the Trump administration respond to a series of questions over the short-term plan rule sent earlier this year, and further asked for a briefing with specific staff who were responsible for the regulation.

January 08, 2019 | Daily News

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) asked the Congressional Budget Office to study the design and policy implications of developing a single-payer health care system.

January 08, 2019 | Daily News

The House will consider on Tuesday (Jan. 8) legislation that would reform FDA’s process for regulating over-the-counter drugs and would reauthorize a number of HHS hazard preparedness programs, according to House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD) daily schedule for Tuesday.

January 08, 2019 | Daily News

As 2019 opens with a divided Congress and a partially closed federal government, the debates about what Medicaid should cover and who it should be for show no signs of letting up.

January 07, 2019 | Daily News

As 2019 opens with a divided Congress and a partially closed federal government, the debates about what Medicaid should cover and who it should be for show no signs of letting up.

January 07, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Democrats set the stage for 2019 by raising the stakes on legislation to control drug prices, and Republicans also are pushing bills to rein in drug prices.

January 07, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats say they haven't yet determined whether to push for Medicare price negotiation of all drugs or just the expensive ones.

January 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice On Friday (Jan. 4), pointing to the ongoing government shutdown, asked a Texas district court to hold off on any briefings on House Democrats’ Thursday (Jan. 3) motion to intervene in the high-profile case over the ACA. DOJ tells the court it opposes the House motion, but will not be able to respond by the Jan. 24 deadline because of the lapse in appropriations.

January 04, 2019 | Daily News

Two new Democrats have joined the Senate Finance Committee and Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined the Senate health committee for the 116th Congress.

January 03, 2019 | Daily News

New Republicans joined the Senate health, Finance and Aging committees for the 116th Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on Thursday (Jan. 3).

January 03, 2019 | Daily News

Newly-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has paved the way for hearings on Medicare for All early in the upcoming Congress, ushering in the Democratic Congress by appealing to the more left-leaning, progressive members of her caucus.

January 03, 2019 | Daily News

The group of Democratic attorneys general intervening to fully defend the Affordable Care Act from the constitutional challenge have formally appealed Texas U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s controversial decision that, if upheld, would strike the entire law.

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