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July 15, 2020 | Daily News

A group of vaccine experts, including former HHS officials and advisors, agree with key congressional Democrats that FDA should allow its vaccine products advisory committee to publicly review any COVID-19 vaccine that the agency considers for approval.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee have reached an impasse in negotiations for fiscal 2021 funding across multiple government agencies, including FDA.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday (July 15) will mark up a bipartisan bill that would give FDA authority to seize and destroy counterfeit medical devices.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee on Monday (July 13) passed an HHS spending bill by a vote of 30-22 that would hike HHS’ funding by $1.5 billion.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Major state and local government organizations called on congressional leaders to again bump the federal Medicaid match, this time from 6.2% to 12%, in the next coronavirus relief package on Friday (July 10).

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Progressive and women’s health advocates on Thursday (July 9) called on the Democratic party to fully embrace reproductive rights and end any coverage bans as a key plank in the party’s platform, including ending the Hyde Amendment.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration must designate a point person whose sole job is to lead the federal government’s coronavirus testing efforts, which Democrats allege were flawed from the start and continue to face challenges due to lack of leadership, according to a 30-page report by Democratic staff of the Senate health committee.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

Big brand-drug executives announced Thursday (July 9) that they’ve created a $1 billion fund to help small- to mid-sized companies develop breakthrough antibiotics because, they said, the market is broken and resistance to existing antibiotics is growing.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Thursday (July 9) announced that it has awarded more than $21 million to community health centers, including facilities in the Health Center Program look-alikes, with funding to support COVID-19 testing.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

House Appropriators on Thursday (July 9) passed out of committee an FDA funding bill that would give the agency authority to mandate the recall of unsafe prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

A group of nine Senate Democrats, led by Senate health committee ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA), asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to scrap the Trump administration’s rule that rolls back the Affordable Care Act’s gender discrimination protections.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

Republican lawmakers on the House Ways & Means Committee will soon introduce four bills aimed at providing additional incentives and tax benefits for pre-revenue companies, start-up businesses and partnerships that are focused on infectious disease drug development, committee staff members told reporters on a press call Wednesday (July 8).

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget last week completed its review of FDA’s draft guidance on quality considerations for clinical research on cannabis.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Democratic leaders of key congressional health committees say recent Trump administration guidance that says insurers are not required to cover COVID-19 testing for surveillance or return to work screenings clashes with congressional intent.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness called on CMS to continue to allow telehealth flexibilities for behavioral health services beyond the pandemic, but to also closely study the efficiency of such services, in a letter sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday (July 6).

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

Dozens of House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are urging HHS to send additional CARES Act funding to children’s hospitals, which they say have not received the same financial support as other providers that are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on Monday (July 6) agreed by voice vote to send a draft fiscal 2021 FDA funding bill to the full committee that would give FDA an increase of $40.8 million dollars over fiscal 2020 funding levels, for a total of $3.21 billion in discretionary funding, yet slightly less than the increase proposed by the White House.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee late Monday (July 6) released a $96.4 billion draft fiscal year 2021 HHS funding bill that is $1.5 billion more than the 2020 enacted level and $11.1 billion above the president’s budget request.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley on Thursday (July 2) re-introduced drug pricing legislation that is structurally unchanged from the version passed by Finance last summer, but none of the Democrats who previously voted for it are co-sponsors.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals and providers are looking to the future, calling for a permanent emergency fund for hospitals in case of future emergencies, an investment in public health surveillance and medical supplies, and permanent flexibility to offer telehealth services in recent letters to Congress.

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