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August 12, 2020 | Daily News

It is unlikely Congress or the administration could effectively implement a nationwide mask mandate to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Wen Shen, a legislative attorney for the Congressional Research Service, writes in a recent legal paper.

August 12, 2020 | Daily News

It is unlikely Congress or the administration could effectively implement a nationwide mask mandate to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Wen Shen, a legislative attorney for the Congressional Research Service, writes in a recent legal paper.

August 11, 2020 | Daily News

Virginia launched the first COVID-19 contact tracing app on Wednesday (Aug. 5), using the public health surveillance framework created by an Apple and Google partnership, while other interested states and federal policymakers grapple with how to encourage the public to use them.

August 10, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Democrats are once again calling on the administration to open healthcare.gov to any consumers seeking health coverage during the pandemic and are also asking President Donald Trump to let seniors enroll in Medicare Part B during the public health emergency.

August 10, 2020 | Daily News

Seven major drug companies have launched an initiative to seek regulatory and legislative reforms that allow for expanded electronic drug labeling.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee is launching an investigation into health and dental insurers’ business practices as company after company reported record-setting second quarter profits, largely driven by the steep decline in utilization amid the pandemic, Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said Thursday (Aug. 6).

August 05, 2020 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) wrote to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Wednesday (Aug. 5) that his committee has found large gaps in the COVID-19 data nursing homes are reporting to the government, making it difficult to accurately assess death rates, staffing needs and allocate provider relief funds. Neal wants to know by Aug. 21 how CMS will fix the data collection problems.

August 05, 2020 | Daily News

Families USA says Congress must include in the next COVID-19 package policies to help Americans obtain or maintain comprehensive health insurance in order to stem the massive coverage losses and prevent the health sector from erasing more jobs. 

August 04, 2020 | Daily News

Providers and plans applaud CMS’ regulatory proposal to make some telehealth provisions allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent, but many say more needs to be done by the agency and Congress.

August 03, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Monday (Aug. 3) signed an executive order calling on CMS to make permanent some telehealth provisions allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as authorize the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to create a rural health payment model.

August 03, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals and other providers that took out Medicare loans earlier this year are beginning to see their pay withheld as those loans come due, and while the Federation of American Hospitals is blaming Congress for not acting quickly to avert the situation, the Medical Group Management Association says CMS should delay and change providers’ repayment obligations during the pandemic.

August 03, 2020 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) is concerned about efforts to make permanent FDA’s rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV) program.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Friday (July 31) passed 217-197 a fiscal 2021 funding bill containing a cannabis provision that one group argued would effectively prevent FDA from enforcing product safety standards.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

As federal unemployment benefits under the CARES Act were set to expire Friday (July 31), negotiations between the White House and Congress stalled on a new coronavirus stimulus package with Democrats and Republicans pointing fingers at each other for the delay.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

As lawmakers and industry experts criticize lack of federal coordination and slow turnaround times on COVID-19 diagnostic tests, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir asserted that reports of widespread delays in receiving test results are largely inaccurate and that there are no significant problems with securing testing supplies.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Republicans Wednesday (July 29) blocked Democratic Sens. Mark Warner (VA) and Doug Jones’(AL) attempt to pass by unanimous consent legislation that would provide new Medicaid expansion states 100% of federal match funding for the first three years, while Democrats stopped Sen. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) amendment to maintain certain consumer protections should the Affordable Care Act be thrown out.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

A group of Senate Democrats are urging Senate leaders to wrap provisions from a data privacy bill introduced in May into the upcoming stimulus package as both sides of the aisle express interest in regulating personal health information collected by third-party apps in order to build public support for contract tracing and public health screening during the pandemic.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

HHS and the White House released a report Wednesday (July 29) calling on Congress to end surprise billing but without saying whether Congress should opt for a bill that relies on arbitration or on set payment rates to settle out-of-network payments, which has been the big debate that's held up the whole process on Capitol Hill.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

In their latest COVID-19 relief package, Senate Republicans propose allocating $4 billion to the United States Agency for International Development, of which $3 billion would go toward U.S. contributions to the international vaccine alliance Gavi, and $1 billion toward supporting vaccine distribution abroad.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

The brand drug lobby and patient groups say the next iteration of prescription drug user fee legislation should expand use of decentralized clinical trials and digital health technologies that can collect data remotely.

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