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June 19, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Population Affairs Diane Foley told skeptical House Democrats that the embattled rule preventing facilities that refer patients for abortions from receiving Title X funds is necessary to ensure the funding is not used for abortions.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

The House late on Tuesday (June 18) passed legislation that would fund the Money Follows the Person demonstration through 2024, preserve asset protections for the spouses of Medicaid beneficiaries who receive long term care benefits and extend the Community Mental Health Services Demonstration.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

Despite Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) ongoing concerns with the 340B drug discount program, 340B reforms were not included in the latest version of the committee’s cost-cutting legislation introduced by Alexander and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) Wednesday (June 19).

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley opposes indexing prices of Medicare Part B drugs to those in foreign countries, but the Iowa Republican thinks that third-party vendors should negotiate prices for Part B specialty drugs that are in short supply.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) ultimately decided not to include drug-pricing provisions that would tie patient coinsurance to net prices instead of list prices and require drug makers to justify price hikes in the committee’s final package on lowering health care costs.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee’s latest health cost-containment legislation adds funding for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, teaching health center Graduate Medical Education and special diabetes programs through fiscal 2024, as well as including a new section to strengthen mental health parity and additional drug pricing provisions.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee's final health care cost-cutting legislation attempts to curb surprise medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate at the median rate for a geographic area for out-of-network care, a decision likely to anger providers who have blasted the policy as government price-setting and likened it to ‘Medicare for All.”

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told his colleagues that he favors the network-matching proposal to end surprise medical bills, despite pushback from physicians, providers and other stakeholder groups.

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

Senators and stakeholders on Tuesday (June 18) said parts of the Senate health committee’s bipartisan package to lower health costs would particularly help rural areas, including provisions on maternal health and telemedicine, but some said more could be done.

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

American Hospital Association Executive Vice President Tom Nickels said the group plans to make information from 1,100 hospitals on how they use the 340B drug discount program public and to share information from AHA’s voluntary transparency initiative with the Health Resources and Services Administration.

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) and the rest of the health committee he is committed to finding a path forward for over-the-counter drug monograph reform legislation that has stalled in the Senate.

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Tuesday (June 18) that his committee will mark up its bipartisan legislation to lower health costs next week.

June 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Energy & Commerce health subcommittee's hearing on solutions to end surprise billing, held last Wednesday (June 12), underscored that while policymakers and stakeholders agree patients should be shielded from unexpected medical bills, there are still wide gaps in opinion regarding who should be responsible for the costs.

June 17, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Thursday (June 13) voted to add an amendment to its fiscal 2020 HHS funding bill that would increase funding for Graduate Medical Education by $5 million and pay for that by cutting Department of Education funding.

June 14, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is working on a bill to tighten privacy protections for health data integrated into third-party applications, including fertility or weight loss mobile apps, according to his office.

June 13, 2019 | Daily News

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said the Bipartisan Policy Center’s rural health task force plans to release policy recommendations in 2020 and hopes to bring rural health issues to the forefront of candidates’ agendas -- but two former GOP lawmakers on the task force said rural health proposals shouldn't become a part of a presidential debate or they could become too divisive to get through Congress.

June 13, 2019 | Daily News

Drug pricing is the top priority for House liberals for the next two to four weeks as they try to pull policies to the left before Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) brings legislation to the floor, Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) said Wednesday (June 12).

June 13, 2019 | Daily News

FDA on Wednesday (June 12) issued a call for stakeholders to send pathogen samples to the agency in order to help build a database to support the rapid identification of infectious diseases in patients.

June 13, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) once again took a jab at FDA for “sitting on the sidelines” as the United States grapples with an epidemic of youth use of e-cigarettes, and he laid out the three steps he believes FDA can take right now to stem youth use of the products.

June 13, 2019 | Daily News

As part of their investigation into the dangers of illicit fentanyl, much of which comes from China, a bipartisan group of House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders wrote to FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless and heads of five other federal agencies to request briefings on the effect the opioid epidemic is having on public health and on their solutions for stopping the flow of illicit fentanyl into the United States.

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