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December 09, 2019 | Daily News

One day before lawmakers revealed they had come to an agreement to add arbitration to compromise surprise billing legislation, North Dakota insurance commissioner Jon Godfread told the insurance industry to keep working to keep the policy out of the bill.

December 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health and House Energy & Commerce committees have reached an agreement on surprise billing legislation that includes arbitration, and they hope to attach the deal to a year-end spending bill, lawmakers announced Sunday (Dec. 8).

December 06, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee leaders are wrapping Medicare and Medicaid extenders into their updated drug pricing plan released Friday (Dec. 6), a move that comes one day after Democratic House leaders announced the savings from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) drug pricing bill would be reinvested into additional Medicare benefits and extenders.

December 06, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed a cloture motion on Stephen Hahn’s nomination for FDA commissioner on Thursday (Dec. 5), and a floor vote is expected early next week.

December 06, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee leaders will release an updated drug pricing bill on Friday (Dec. 5) less than 24 hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the lower chamber will vote on her more-aggressive drug pricing bill next week.

December 06, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee leaders will release an updated drug pricing bill on Friday (Dec. 5) less than 24 hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the lower chamber will vote on her more-aggressive drug pricing bill next week.

December 06, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee leaders will release an updated drug pricing bill on Friday (Dec. 5) less than 24 hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the lower chamber will vote on her more-aggressive drug pricing bill next week.

December 06, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee leaders will release an updated drug pricing bill on Friday (Dec. 5) less than 24 hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the lower chamber will vote on her more-aggressive drug pricing bill next week.

December 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that House Democrats’ drug pricing bill would save half a trillion dollars in a decade, according to House Democratic leaders, and Democrats plan to use those savings to pay for additional drug research at the National Institutes of Health, additional Medicare benefits and a hodgepodge of Medicare and Medicaid policies that would lower costs for beneficiaries of those programs.

December 05, 2019 | Daily News

Spending on health care grew at a faster rate in 2018 than in 2017 primarily due to a 13.2 percent increase in the net cost of health insurance, which was driven by the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax that was reinstated in 2018 after a one-year moratorium, according to the CMS actuary’s office.

December 05, 2019 | Daily News

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday expressed concern about reports the Trump administration is willing to give up language on protections for biologic drugs in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but one ardent supporter of strong data exclusivity provisions in trade deals suggested the move would not affect his support for USMCA.

December 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House will vote next week on legislation to let Medicare negotiate drug prices and make those prices available to people with private insurance.

December 04, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said he has been working with FDA, GOP lawmakers and industry for several weeks to modify his bill beefing up FDA’s power to regulate cosmetics, and he revealed Wednesday (Dec. 4) that he is changing the ingredient review and user fee language and is open to adding some type of preemption clause.

December 04, 2019 | Daily News

Soon after the White House signaled support for a surprise billing fix with arbitration, two Democrats on the House Education & Labor Committee said they are writing legislation that relies on independent dispute resolution and does not include benchmark pay rates for out-of-network bills.

December 04, 2019 | Daily News

The nation’s largest seniors lobby is urging Congress to include in a year-end spending package a permanent reversal of the Affordable Care Act policy that increased the income threshold above which medical expenses can be deducted.

December 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing next Tuesday (Dec. 10) to review a slate of bills that aim to achieve universal coverage either through a public option, Medicare or Medicaid buy-ins, or providing Medicare for all residents with or without maintaining private alternatives.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

Two former Republican White House officials proposed an alternative to the surprise billing policies Congress is considering, arguing that the two solutions lawmakers are looking it rely too much on government interference.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates that House Democrats’ drug pricing bill would thwart up to 100 drug inventions over a decade, compared to the eight to 15 fewer drugs that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated would result from H.R. 3.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee on Tuesday (Dec. 3) voted 18 to 5 in favor of sending Stephen Hahn’s nomination for FDA commissioner to the Senate floor, despite concerns from both sides of the aisle about whether he will implement a ban on all flavored e-cigarette products.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

FDA can and should do more to monitor the cannabidiol product space, specifically by requiring all companies that make CBD consumer products register with the agency, a former FDA official told Inside Health Policy.

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