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December 07, 2018 | Daily News

HHS hit back at conservative critics of its international price referencing Medicare Part B demo Thursday (Nov. 6) in a blog post authored by its new senior adviser for drug pricing reform, John O’Brien.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

In a surprise move Thursday (Dec. 6), bipartisan duos of House and Senate lawmakers released draft legislation that lays out a framework for FDA to regulate in vitro clinical tests, such as test kits and laboratory developed tests (LDTs).

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association and a wide range of health care stakeholders urged congressional leaders to pass a key health security bill before the end of the lame-duck session, arguing that, without reauthorization from lawmakers, essential HHS emergency preparedness authorities will expire and gaps in federal response programs will remain unfilled.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The incoming Senate Finance Committee chair and ranking Democrat introduced Tuesday (Dec. 4) a bill to recoup Medicaid rebates from drug companies that misclassify drugs.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The incoming Senate Finance Committee chair and ranking Democrat introduced Tuesday (Dec. 4) a bill to recoup Medicaid rebates from drug companies that misclassify drugs.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

HHS is pushing Congress to consider more site-neutral pay policies in Medicare, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s limit on physician-owned hospitals, relax telehealth restrictions and give Medicare beneficiaries more access to health savings accounts, as part of a new Trump administration report on ways to increase health care choice and competition.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration released a series of health policy recommendations Monday (Dec. 3) that officials say would reduce barriers to competition in the individual and other markets, including loosening network adequacy restrictions, expanding access to health savings accounts, eliminating the employer mandate and altering the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provisions.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration released a series of health policy recommendations Monday (Dec. 3) that officials say would reduce barriers to competition in the individual and other markets, including loosening network adequacy restrictions, expanding access to health savings accounts, eliminating the employer mandate and altering the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provisions.

December 03, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told Inside Health Policy that he is in the early stages of developing a bill that would address payment models for high-cost prescription drugs such as gene therapies.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

CMS, worried about potential nursing home staff inadequacies after looking at payroll-based staffing data, will send state survey agencies a list of nursing homes with reduced staffing so surveyors can follow up.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

Although Capitol Hill leaders have expressed little interest in doing anything health care-related during the remaining two weeks of the lame-duck session, a bipartisan group of senators is calling for a Senate vote on legislation to delay the health insurance tax.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

Consumer advocacy group Families USA Thursday (Nov. 30) launched a new National Center for Coverage Innovation (NCCI) with a “two-track” strategy of developing and supporting near-term, pragmatic health insurance reforms, while also laying the groundwork for larger-scale federal changes.

November 29, 2018 | Daily News

Incoming Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley outlined his agenda for lowering drug prices in a floor speech Thursday (Nov. 29) that included praise for actions taken by the Trump administration but made no mention of HHS’ controversial proposal to base Medicare Part B reimbursement on drug prices set by foreign governments.

November 28, 2018 | Daily News

House Speaker-nominee Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) welcomed a Democratic-led caucus with a health care mandate, proclaiming the party’s campaign focus on protecting the Affordable Care Act helped Democrats secure the chamber. Pelosi, who faces a formal vote to be speaker in January, vowed the House would spend the next two years continuing that focus while combatting the Trump administration’s past two years of action to unravel parts of the ACA.

November 27, 2018 | Daily News

Drug pricing is one of the only areas where the two parties and the president might find common ground to make laws, and President Donald Trump, Democrats and incoming Senate Finance chair have been harping on drug prices so long that it will be difficult for them to do nothing, according to two former White House health aides for Republican and Democratic administrations.

November 27, 2018 | Daily News

The insurance industry is floating a dozen policy recommendations designed to improve affordability in the individual market, and among the suggestions is that Congress equalize the tax treatment of premiums by allowing unsubsidized consumers to deduct their costs from income.

November 20, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) on Tuesday (Nov. 20) unveiled a prescription drug-pricing bill that blends Republican and Democratic proposals: The legislative plan would expand the Trump administration’s international reference pricing concept to span the entire U.S. drug market and includes a Democratic proposal to give the government power to invalidate brand-drug makers’ exclusivity if their drug prices are deemed excessively high.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate Democratic leaders on health committees are calling for the Trump administration to withdraw its new guidance changing the purpose of 1332 waivers, arguing the guidance is inconsistent with congressional intent and could reduce patients’ access to care, especially for those with preexisting conditions, and increase health care costs by expanding the use of short-term plans.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

Some lawmakers and congressional staff don’t expect a big legislative push for 340B reform in the next Congress, but Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) says he is optimistic his legislation to boost the program’s transparency and reporting could gather bipartisan support.

November 16, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) is returning to chair the Finance Committee after a hiatus as Judiciary chair, and the move gives advocates for lower drug prices an ally on the committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid that they do not have in the current Finance Chair Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is retiring.

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