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December 02, 2019 | Daily News

More than 40 health and advocacy organizations penned a letter to lawmakers expressing support for Stephen Hahn to be the new FDA commissioner and calling for a swift confirmation.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee has scheduled a Dec. 4 hearing on legislation to reform FDA’s oversight of cosmetic products, E&C Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and health subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo (D-CA) announced Wednesday (Nov. 27).

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

Wide-ranging stakeholders are continuing to press Congress to again delay or to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s fees on health insurance and medical devices, and are strongly pushing lawmakers to fully repeal the forthcoming 40% excise tax on high-cost plans, or the “Cadillac tax,” prior to the end of the year.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump White House is pressing conservative lawmakers to move on surprise billing legislation and ignore outside interest groups’ influence on the debate.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee’s proposal to end air ambulance surprise billing could lead to lower private reimbursement rates for air ambulance providers, and a decrease in private pay rates without an increase in government pay rates could threaten the entire industry, Moody's Investors Service warns.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved two bills aimed at fighting drug companies’ misuse of patents.

November 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee will vote Dec. 3 on whether to send Stephen Hahn’s nomination for FDA chief to the Senate floor, the committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 26).

November 25, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will soon release surprise billing legislation that attempts to appease both providers and insurers, and eliminates billions in savings compared to other bills by driving up payment rates.

November 22, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), are pressing HHS Secretary Alex Azar for answers about the ongoing shortage of pediatric cancer drug vincristine.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Democratic health leaders on Thursday demanded HHS ensure that healthcare.gov functions properly throughout the entire open enrollment season, pointing to reports that as many as 100,000 people may have failed to enroll in coverage on Day 1 of the season due to technical errors.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Democratic health leaders on Thursday demanded HHS ensure that healthcare.gov functions properly throughout the entire open enrollment season, pointing to reports that as many as 100,000 people may have failed to enroll in coverage on Day 1 of the season due to technical errors.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s highly anticipated regulatory proposal to allow drug importation from Canada will be published in January, according to FDA’s fall 2019 regulatory agenda, which was published Wednesday (Nov. 20).

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers are calling on CMS and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to prioritize patient privacy in the agencies’ proposed interoperability rules, highlighting growing tensions between HHS and Capitol Hill as the administration pushes to improve interoperability and lawmakers worry about privacy.

November 20, 2019 | Daily News

During the Senate health committee’s confirmation hearing for FDA commissioner-nominee Stephen Hahn on Wednesday (Nov. 20), lawmakers grilled the nominee on myriad issues, including drug pricing, generic drug approvals, drug shortages and e-cigarette regulations.

November 20, 2019 | Daily News

Senators on both sides of the aisle on Wednesday (Nov. 20) pressed FDA commissioner-nominee Stephen Hahn to take a stance on whether he thinks there should be a flavor ban on electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products, including e-cigarettes.

November 20, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy is concerned the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s surprise billing legislation could cause insurers to lower doctor pay rates so low that rural hospitals would close.

November 20, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday (Nov. 19) cleared for floor action committee Chair Frank Pallone’s (D-NJ) tobacco bill that aims to curb youth e-cigarette use by raising the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21 and banning all characterizing flavors, among other policies.

November 20, 2019 | Daily News

Former FDA heads, including Scott Gottlieb, penned a letter to Senate leadership on Tuesday (Nov. 19) expressing support for MD Anderson Cancer Center Chief Medical Executive Stephen Hahn to be the next agency chief. The letter was sent a day before the Senate health committee’s Wednesday (Nov. 20)  confirmation hearing for Hahn.

November 19, 2019 | Daily News

The House voted Tuesday (Nov. 19) to fund the government through Dec. 20 with a package that includes so-called heath extenders that are set to expire on Nov. 21.

November 19, 2019 | Daily News

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up on Wednesday (Nov. 20) a bill to deter patent gaming by allowing the Federal Trade Commission to prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers that try to engage in product hopping.

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