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September 17, 2018 | Daily News

Following months of legislative debate involving myriad committees, the Senate on Monday (Sept. 17) passed an extensive package of opioid legislation by a vote of 99-1 but a new version privately hammered out by senators from both parties will be taken to conference with the House, a Senate aide told Inside Health Policy.

September 17, 2018 | Daily News

Seven major health organizations, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Pew Charitable Trusts and American Academy of Pediatrics, are urging Congress to swiftly pass legislation that would reform the system under which over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are regulated and brought to market.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Labor/HHS conference bill agreed to late Thursday (Sept. 13) includes $90.3 billion in discretionary program funds for HHS, or $2.3 billion more than in 2018, invests more in medical research than the president's request, devotes nearly $4 billion to mental health and opioid treatment and omits cuts in the House version that would have blocked CMS' ability to administer the ACA.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday cleared a $51.6 billion legislative package to provide employers relief from several Affordable Care Act taxes and other mandates, but a final floor vote, which was slated for Friday, will now occur later this month due to the congressional work week being cut short by the East Coast hurricane.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee passed a number of Medicaid and anti-fraud bills on Thursday (Sept.13), including a one-year extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person demonstration and a tweaked version of the ACE Kids Act.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate will vote on a package of opioid legislation Monday (Sept. 17), according to a spokesperson from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office and the Senate Democrats’ online schedule.

September 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Advanced Medical Technology Association praised a Local Coverage Decision transparency bill that passed the House by voice vote Wednesday (Sept. 13), but the College of American Pathologists is urging the Senate to reinsert a key provision removed by Ways & Means and said the bill's appeals language was weakened prior to the House vote.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

The House on Wednesday (Sept. 12) is set to consider, likely under suspension of the rules, several bills passed by the Ways & Means Committee last week, including legislation to make CMS' Local Coverage Decision process more transparent and to direct HHS to finish updating regulations for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) weekly schedule.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday (Sept. 12) will take up legislation to delay the Affordable Care Act's Cadillac tax for one year, provide four years of relief from the employer mandate, and eliminate the employer mandate’s 30-hour threshold classification for full-time employees and replace it with a 40-hour threshold.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Mike Lee put a hold on a popular bill to stop private health plans and pharmacy benefit managers from using gag orders to prevent pharmacists from telling customers, unless asked, when it is cheaper to buy drugs without insurance, a spokesperson for the Utah Republican said.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

Congressional Medicare and Medicaid advisers would finally have access to drug rebate data under a bipartisan bill passed Friday (Sept. 7) by the House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) relayed to HHS Secretary Alex Azar Thursday (Sept. 6) his reservations with making health plans share drug rebates at the point of sale.

September 07, 2018 | Daily News

FDA floated a number of possible ways to avert drug shortages as it announced plans to hold a public meeting Nov. 27 to gather stakeholders' advice on how the federal government could step in without negatively affecting health care financing and delivery.

September 07, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee passed a one-year reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person demonstration, rather than the five-year extension originally included in the legislation.

September 07, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee passed a number of bills to the full committee on Friday (Sept. 7), including the ACE Kids Act, a bill to clarify the authority of the state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, a draft bill strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force and draft legislation to prohibit so-called pharmacy gag clauses and allow Congress' Medicare and Medicaid advisers to access more information about drug rebates.

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee passed a tweaked version of a bill backed by the medical device industry to clarify and make CMS' local coverage determination process more transparent.

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee passed a tweaked version of a bill backed by the medical device industry to clarify and make CMS' local coverage determination process more transparent.

September 05, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee passed four bipartisan health care bills on Wednesday (Sept. 5) -- which would test the use of smart cards to stem fraud, codify a Medicare enrollment fix, require final regulations for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly program and tweak the local coverage determination process -- but some Democrats complained the measures deal with problems on the periphery of Medicare and the health care system.

September 05, 2018 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) confirmed his committee is working with House leadership to bring to the floor a package of bills offering relief from the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate and Cadillac tax.

September 05, 2018 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) and health subcommittee chair Peter Roskam (R-IL) urged CMS to reconsider proposed changes to evaluation and management coding and the amount Medicare pays for new drugs, in a letter sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma Tuesday (Sept. 4) highlighting Medicare red tape faced by physicians.

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