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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.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

HHS officials told senators on Thursday (July 2) that clinical trial data from diverse populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, pregnant and lactating women, and children, will help inform the government’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and ensure the vaccine is appropriately distributed among those in need.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday (July 2) introduced legislation to waive eligibility requirements next year for any previously eligible hospital in the 340B program, citing challenges faced by these hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic that might make them ineligible moving forward.

July 01, 2020 | Daily News

A CMS official on Wednesday (July 1) hinted that an upcoming physician pay rule may contain provisions to make permanent waived restrictions in telehealth and encouraged stakeholders to comment on the rule once it’s proposed.

July 01, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley plans to introduce “in the coming days” an updated version of his drug pricing legislation, and the Iowa Republican now blames Democrats, who voted for his bill in committee, for not negotiating on changes.

June 30, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Tuesday (June 30) released guidance stating a coronavirus vaccine should demonstrate at least 50% efficacy in placebo-controlled trials, meaning it will prevent disease or decrease severity in at least half of the people vaccinated.

June 30, 2020 | Daily News

Senators on both side of the aisle raised concern with White House Coronavirus Task Force members that employees and students who must take COVID-19 tests to return to work or school could get stuck with large bills due to the Trump administration’s recent guidance.

June 30, 2020 | Daily News

In a new guidance released Tuesday (June 30), FDA urges vaccine sponsors to include diverse populations in all stages of COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. The agency is especially focused on ensuring trials include racial and ethnic minorities, elderly individuals, people with comorbidities and pregnant women.

June 30, 2020 | Daily News

Four long overdue Medicaid guidance documents meant to help states tackle the nation’s opioid crisis are still missing, months after CMS and HHS officials promised the House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee in early March they’d get the guidance out sometime this spring.

June 30, 2020 | Daily News

Two Republican committee leaders on Monday (June 29) asked the HHS Office of the Inspector General to investigate whether five states violated federal guidance by asking nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients.

June 29, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Monday (June 29) passed 234-179 legislation to expand the Affordable Care Act’s ACA’s tax credits, incentivize Medicaid expansion and reverse Trump administration policies that chipped away at the law, and Democrats fully paid for the package using legislation to reduce prescription drug prices via government negotiation.

June 29, 2020 | Daily News

A wide-ranging group of providers are asking lawmakers to fix what they say is an oversight that could cost them about 20% of their Paycheck Protection Program and COVID-19 provider relief funds due to taxes.

June 25, 2020 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates, family and nursing home staff told lawmakers at a heated House Ways & Means Committee hearing Thursday (June 25) that an increased focus on testing and oversight in nursing homes is needed after CMS said more than 29,000 residents died of COVID-19.

June 25, 2020 | Daily News

The former head of the Strategic National Stockpile said the federal government can’t efficiently manage the medical product inventory in the stockpile because there isn’t enough transparency in the supply chain, and he urged Congress to step in.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

Democrats will vote Monday (June 29) on House Democrats’ bill to enhance the Affordable Care Act by boosting the law’s tax credits, reverse Trump administration rules seen as undermining the law and encourage states to take up the Medicaid expansion.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

FDA chief Stephen Hahn said the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the need for increased use of real-world evidence to help regulators make decisions in real time, and he asked Congress to provide more support for advancing generation of RWE.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told lawmakers on Tuesday that CDC is working to ensure nursing home reporting data include ethnicity and race when it is sent to CMS to be publicly reported, although CMS hasn’t yet confirmed whether it will include such data.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

Policy experts said FDA’s emergency use authorization process needs to be more transparent and suggested lawmakers should set clear and consistent standards, especially for drugs, in the wake of the agency’s quick reversal on EUAs granted this spring for antimalarial drugs that were touted by President Donald Trump to treat and prevent COVID-19.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats Monday (June 22) unveiled legislation to improve and expand the Affordable Care Act and reportedly plan to vote on the bill Thursday (June 25), the same day that opponents of the law are slated to file opening briefs in the high-profile case now before the Supreme Court, California v. Texas.

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