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February 25, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Commerce Committee Chair Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced legislation to ban surprise medical bills from air ambulances by shielding patients from out-of-network charges while allowing the air ambulance provider and insurer to enter a dispute resolution process.

February 25, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Commerce Committee Chair Roger Wicker (R-MS) is circulating draft legislation that would ban surprise medical bills from air ambulances by shielding patients from out-of-network charges while allowing the air ambulance provider and insurer to enter a dispute resolution process.

February 25, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) again warned HHS Secretary Alex Azar to slow down the administration’s two proposed interoperability rules at a Senate Appropriations health subcommittee hearing Tuesday (Feb. 25).

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

The board of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA will push Congress for a $120 million increase in FDA’s spending levels in fiscal 2021, which is $72 million more than the $48 million increase over fiscal 2020 levels sought by the Trump administration.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

Private equity firms bought 355 physician practices between 2013 and 2016, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network.

February 20, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Thursday (Feb. 20) finalized its rule that brings the agency’s definition of a biological product in line with the definition under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, and that formally establishes the agency’s interpretation of what’s considered a protein.

February 18, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Joni Ernst (IA) is the latest Republican to support bipartisan drug pricing legislation by fellow Iowan and Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R), bringing the number of Senate Republicans who support the bill to 12.

February 14, 2020 | Daily News

Changes to the Senate Finance drug pricing bill already have been made and the Congressional Budget Office is estimating the revisions’ impact on the budget, but Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley remained mum on those changes Thursday (Feb. 13).

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar assured senators on Thursday (Feb. 13) that CMS would work with states on their Medicaid financing if the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation is finalized, just one day after CMS Administrator Seema Verma called critics of the rule alarmist and concerns about potential Medicaid funding cuts under the rule overblown.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Finance Democrats pushed HHS Secretary Alex Azar to present the administration’s Affordable Care Act replacement plan on Thursday (Feb. 13), but Azar said the high-profile litigation over the constitutionality of the health law is a long way from being finished and at this point an ACA replacement is a hypothetical situation.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

Countering HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s statements Thursday (Feb. 13), a senior administration official insisted that the 2021 White House budget request does not endorse the Senate Finance Committee’s drug pricing bill.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Ways & Means Committee unanimously passed a hospice reform bill meant to increase authority for HHS and CMS to penalize low-quality Medicare hospice providers at a committee markup on Wednesday (Feb. 12).

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

Similar surprise billing legislation from two House committees would each save $24 billion over a decade, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, which is roughly $6 billion more than the savings from surprise billing legislation passed Wednesday (Feb. 12) by the Ways & Means Committee.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

If the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread in China, the United States will begin to see shortages of drugs and medical supplies, former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb warned lawmakers during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee roundtable meeting Wednesday (Feb. 12).

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee unanimously passed legislation to prevent surprise medical bills on Wednesday (Feb 12), a day after the White House criticized the bill for its strong reliance on arbitration.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The House Education & Labor Committee passed its surprise billing legislation and sent it to the House floor, but not without heated debate.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) threw cold water on the chances of the Senate agreeing on drug pricing legislation hours after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he is gathering GOP support for his bill (S. 2543), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) insisted that senators also get a chance to vote on House Democrats’ Medicare drug price negotiation plan if the Senate takes up drug pricing legislation.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the House Ways & Means Committee's surprise billing proposal, which relies heavily on mediation and arbitration, would save roughly $17.8 billion over the course of 10 years.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday (Feb. 11) introduced their version of a bill that aims to close an Orphan Drug Act loophole that some experts allege allows drug makers to obtain orphan drug designation, and the corresponding seven years of exclusivity, if they claim they’re unable to recover development costs on the drug.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The White House on Tuesday raised concerns that a surprise billing fix relying heavily on arbitration could increase health care costs and said air ambulances should be part of Congress' solution, signaling the Trump administration opposes the provider-friendly bill from the House Ways & Means Committee.

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