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April 30, 2019 | Daily News

Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said Tuesday (April 30) that progressives told Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) and Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) that progressives would not support a Medicare price negotiation proposal with arbitration as a mechanism instead of direct negotiation.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (April 30) voted to send four drug-pricing and competition bills to the House floor, including pay-for-delay legislation, the CREATES Act and a bill that would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on brand drug makers’ use of sham citizen petitions to delay generic drug competition.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will soon hold a hearing on Medicare for All, marking the first time in decades that one of the two main health care committees of jurisdiction will hold a hearing on the hot-button single-payer issue.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

Conservative lawmakers, media, think tanks and pundits are split on the Trump administration’s proposed rule that would shift Medicare drug rebates to the point of sale.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

S&P analysts conclude that health care legislation addressing surprise billing and anti-competitive pharmaceutical practices have a high chance of passing prior to the 2020 elections, but that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a transition to Medicare For All and aggressive drug-pricing reforms are unlikely to be implemented in the new few years.

April 29, 2019 | Daily News

Nearly half of Americans are still on the fence about the Affordable Care Act as Congress gears up to hold its first hearing on Medicare for All and the Congressional Budget Office is poised to release design considerations for a single-payer health care program.

April 29, 2019 | Daily News

Progressives and Medicare for All advocates warn that proposals allowing people to opt into Medicare or Medicaid could end up attracting primarily sick and older Americans, thus skewing the risk pools and raising costs for everyone.

April 29, 2019 | Daily News

The American Society for Radiation Oncology is urging Congress to revamp the prior authorization process, which oncologists surveyed by the group say delays cancer treatments.

April 29, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are considering delaying the Trump administration’s proposed ban of point-of-sale rebates and using savings from the delay to pay for other legislative priorities, sources said.

April 29, 2019 | Daily News

A day in advance of a meeting between progressives and key Democratic House committee chairmen to address a rift in the party’s drug-pricing priorities, a coalition of progressive consumer advocates, unions and think tanks did not take sides in the internal conflict over which enforcement mechanism to include in legislation allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with manufacturers.

April 29, 2019 | Daily News

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up four bills on Tuesday (April 30) that would give the Federal Trade Commission more power to crack down on abuses by brand and generic drug makers that lead to higher prescription drug prices, including the CREATES Act and pay-for-delay legislation.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

A Democratic aide says that House lawmakers have yet to receive a response to a series of questions regarding the Trump administration’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act from a constitutional challenge.

April 24, 2019 |

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing Tuesday (April 30) on the cost of drugs in Medicare Part B and Part D as members prepare to take up bills to lower drug costs for seniors.

April 24, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing Tuesday (April 30) on the cost of drugs in Medicare Part B and Part D as members prepare to take up bills to lower drug costs for seniors.

April 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Heritage Foundation advocated for site neutrality as a way to lower Medicare costs at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday (April 23), just a day after the Medicare Trust Fund report projected Medicare costs to skyrocket through 2038.

April 22, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Monday (April 22) again detailed plans to find “workable solutions” to improve nursing home oversight after Government Accountability Office and HHS Office of Inspector General reports are out this summer.

April 19, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to introduce legislation in May that would raise the national minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including vaping devices, from 18 to 21, the senator announced Thursday (April 18).

April 18, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Florida Rep. Donna Shalala (D) on Tuesday (April 16) introduced a bill that would allow FDA to collect user fees for e-cigarettes, raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21, prohibit online sales of tobacco products, ban all characterizing tobacco product flavors, require FDA to finalize rulemaking to implement graphic health warnings for cigarette packages, and hold all deemed tobacco products to the same advertising and sales requirements applied to combustible cigarettes.

April 18, 2019 | Daily News

The House Judiciary Committee is planning a markup on the CREATES Act and pay-for-delay legislation, sources say.

April 18, 2019 | Daily News

Three bipartisan Senate bills to speed approvals of generics and insulin biosimilars were introduced Thursday, and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who faces a tough re-election race in Colorado, jumped on the drug-pricing bandwagon by sponsoring a bill to stop brands from abusing citizen petitions.

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