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March 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee is expected to hold a hearing next week on FDA bills aimed at curbing the rise of drug prices, according to lobbyists for drug makers and patients, and the committee also might hold a hearing at the end of the month on pharmacy benefit managers.

March 04, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will examine legislation to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by establishing state reinsurance programs, increasing funding for the navigator programs and providing states with more federal funds to establish state-based marketplaces.

March 01, 2019 | Daily News

BlueCross BlueShield Association on Thursday (Feb. 28) urged Congress to lower premiums in the individual market by enacting a reinsurance program, reinstating cost-sharing reduction payments, extending premium tax credits up to 600 percent of the federal poverty level and introducing age-adjusted premium subsidies.

March 01, 2019 | Daily News

Bipartisan duo Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) plan to introduce legislation that would align the strict privacy scheme for substance abuse treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2, with the less stringent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sometime in March, spokespersons for their offices told Inside Health Policy Wednesday (Feb. 27).

March 01, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told Inside Health Policy Wednesday (Feb. 27) he supports the Trump administration’s proposed demonstration to reference drug prices in Medicare Part B to a market basket of foreign countries.

March 01, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said Thursday (Feb. 28) that he likes the Trump administration’s proposed international reference-pricing demonstration, though he would like to see a way to deal with drugs that are only available in the United States.

March 01, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he would be open to toughening his and Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) bill banning settlements that delay generic and biosimilar drugs if loopholes exist that would allow brand-drug and biologic makers to extend the patent lives of their drugs.

March 01, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) wants to pass the pro-generic Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act and legislation to stop so-called “pay for delay” settlements.

February 28, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said that he plans to release final surprise billing legislation in March together with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and that his bipartisan working group is seeking a middle ground between plans and insurers on payment rates.

February 28, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) wants CMS to take action against 14 state Medicaid programs that, according to the Government Accountability Office, are violating federal law by failing to cover a drug used to induce medical abortions.

February 28, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) is working to find money to extend the Money Follows the Person demonstration for as long as possible, according to his office, and is hopeful there will be enough momentum to get a five-year extension across the finish line after the program’s cost led Congress to pass only three months of funding earlier this year.

February 28, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means health subcommittee will hold a hearing on promoting competition to lower prescription drug prices in Medicare on March 7, chair Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) announced Thursday (Feb. 28).

February 28, 2019 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday (Feb. 27) told House appropriators he would support increasing the federal minimum age for purchasing tobacco to 21, as doing so could help FDA with the immediate problem of addressing youth use of e-cigarettes.

February 28, 2019 | Daily News

The medical device lobby applauded a bill that would let FDA collect new user fees during a lapse in agency funding, allowing the agency to continue reviewing device applications in the event of a future government shutdown.

February 27, 2019 | Daily News

Liberal House Democrats introduced on Wednesday (Feb. 27) a bill to replace private insurance in two years with a government-run, single-payer system.

February 27, 2019 | Daily News

As members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus introduced their Medicare for All bill on Wednesday morning (Feb. 27), the Democratic chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Frank Pallone and a freshman House Democrat Lauren Underwood expressed their support for universal health care, but were wary of supporting Medicare for All, instead suggesting alternatives.

February 27, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) made clear Wednesday (Feb. 27) that his committee will focus on policies to fix the Affordable Care Act like expanding subsidies, restoring cost-sharing reductions and reinstating a federal reinsurance program that have a realistic chance of passing over the next few years, over more far reaching changes like Medicare for All.

February 27, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce ranking Republican Greg Walden (OR) will speak with FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about marijuana-related issues as part of a regular meeting the congressman has with the agency head, Walden told Inside Health Policy after speaking at an event at the American Enterprise Institute.

February 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a two-day hearing on drug prices next week with testimony from patients on Wednesday (March 6) and academics on Thursday.

February 26, 2019 | Daily News

The insurance and hospital lobbies issued a pre-emptive strike against the Medicare for All bill that House Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) is slated to introduce Wednesday (Feb. 27).

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