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February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee will mark up pandemic relief legislation Thursday (Feb. 11) that would give FDA $500 million to support review, development and postmarketing surveillance of COVID-19 vaccines, therapies and diagnostics and to take action to mitigate drug and device shortages.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee wants to give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $1.75 billion to conduct, expand and improve genomic sequencing to identify COVID-19 mutations and to expand disease surveillance -- coming as the Biden administration raises concerns the United States lags behind other countries in efforts to track the emerging COVID-19 variants.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee released a pandemic relief proposal that would give HHS $46 billion to implement a national strategy for testing, contact tracing, surveillance and mitigation of COVID-19 and to support development, manufacturing, procurement, distribution and administration of COVID-19 tests and supplies.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

White House Office of Management and Budget Director nominee Neera Tanden committed to quickly moving regulations related to graduate medical education through OMB if confirmed to the post.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

Brand drug makers are targeted for up to $20 billion in offsets in the House Energy & Commerce Committee bill to increase federal government funding of state Medicaid programs: The bill would penalize companies that quickly raise prices by eliminating the cap on Medicaid inflation rebates.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s portion of the pandemic relief bill, released late Tuesday, would give a 5% bump in federal matching pay for two years to states that move to expand Medicaid after the bill is enacted. The funding would be an incentive for the 12 states hold out states to act.

February 09, 2021 | Daily News

Newly named Senate Finance Committee ranking Republican Mike Crapo (ID) dubbed Medicare solvency one of his top health care priorities on Tuesday (Feb. 9), along with making sure those on federal health programs have access to the latest health technology -- including telehealth.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The leaders of 19 state-based marketplaces have joined to encourage Congress to increase subsidies for lower-income Americans and remove the subsidy cliff that blocks those in the middle-class from help as they craft the next COVID-19 relief package.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association placed a priority on COVID-19 relief in its 2021 policy agenda document, which asks Congress and the Biden administration for increased support for providers, protection for patients’ access to insurance and permanent telehealth flexibilities.

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

House Ways & Means ranking Republican Kevin Brady (TX) and Oversight and Reform ranking Republican James Comer (KY) demanded Friday (Feb. 5) that Treasury release how much of the $150 billion in CARES Act funds state and local governments have yet to spend and explain why funding has languished before lawmakers approve the president’s COVID-19 relief package, which would give states $350 billion in flexible COVID-19 relief funds.

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

Employees who lost job-based coverage due to lay-offs or furloughs could get fully subsidized COBRA coverage under legislation introduced Thursday (Jan. 28) by a group of 11 Democratic senators led by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (IL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (NV).

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

While the Senate “vote-a-rama” held Thursday night featured mostly a slew of messaging bills, the Senate did add several health-related non-binding amendments to the resolution, including a deficit-neutral fund for legislation that would expand the use of health savings accounts (HSAs), new commissions tasked with improving the solvency of the federal trust funds and more.

February 05, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate late Thursday (Feb. 4) agreed to add to the budget resolution a bipartisan amendment sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) that aims to replenish the Provider Relief Fund by $35 billion, with 20% set aside for rural hospitals. Only one senator, Mike Lee (R-UT), voted against the language, which now could be included as congressional committees write legislation for Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

Democratic Sen. Edward Markey (MA) on Thursday (Feb. 4) reintroduced legislation that would give $1 billion over a period of four fiscal years to the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to research a universal coronavirus vaccine.

February 04, 2021 | Daily News

Former FDA and HHS officials told lawmakers during a Wednesday (Feb. 3) hearing that the United States needs to invest in reforming key components of the U.S. health care system to better respond to COVID-19 by, among other things, implementing a national COVID-19 testing strategy that establishes standards for testing and contact tracing and provides Americans with digital access to their test information, and using emerging technology to better coordinate vaccination records between states and jurisdictions.

February 03, 2021 | Daily News

Incoming Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden’s (OR) office said Wednesday (Feb. 3) the committee has no plans to hold a confirmation hearing this week for President Joe Biden’s nominee for HHS secretary, Xavier Becerra, despite reaching a power-sharing agreement in the Senate and increasing pressure from advocates to move on the nomination.

February 03, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden is seeking $4 billion to build and equip two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with the capacity to produce and fill 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per month, according to a breakdown of the president's broader $160 billion direct pandemic relief request shared by Protect Our Care.

February 02, 2021 | Daily News

Senate Democratic leadership tapped Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) as the newest member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee that oversees public health programs and taxes, and the progressive senator immediately announced that she will push for a wealth tax and work to expand Medicaid, lower the age to enroll in Medicare and cut drug prices.

February 01, 2021 | Daily News

Congressional Democratic leaders Monday (Feb. 1) kicked off the fast-track process for passing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package based on President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which includes temporary subsidies for COBRÅ and enhanced ACA tax credits in addition to boosting funds for vaccinations, testing and more.

February 01, 2021 | Daily News

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission members voted Friday (Jan. 29) on draft recommendations calling for Congress to pass a formula developed by the Government Accountability Office that would automatically increase the federal Medicaid match during an economic downturn, sending states critical federal financial stimulus faster.

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