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June 05, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Wednesday (June 5) that he wants drug makers to take on a share of costs in the catastrophic phase of Medicare Part D, and health insurance plans to also pay more.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

House Republicans on Tuesday (June 4) warned against repealing the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts that are scheduled to take effect in September, instead calling for another delay of the cuts or a restructuring of the formula that is used to calculate Medicaid DSH payments.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) on Tuesday (June 4) said Congress should be anxious about the fate of rural hospitals, after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle raised concerns with rural hospitals and their closures.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee approved a 2020 funding bill on Tuesday (June 4) that would give FDA a $184 million boost over 2019 levels. During the markup, lawmakers voted to restore language featured in previous bills that would prevent the genetic modification of human embryos.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the Senate’s options to curb surprise medical bills found the health committee’s proposal to set a benchmark payment rate would save the most money at $25 billion in health savings to the federal government over 10 years, sources familiar with the preliminary scores told Inside Health Policy.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

White House officials are set to meet with congressional Republicans later this week to talk about prescription drug pricing, Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) said Tuesday (June 4).

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) plans to introduce next week a package of five drug pricing bills that includes measures to help insurers finance expensive drugs, reward insurers that encourage biosimilar adoption, discourage price concessions that pharmacies call unfair, pay pharmacists for managing complicated regimens and stop authorized generics from lowering Medicaid drug rebates.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

The House on Tuesday (June 4) passed by voice vote the Senate’s pandemic preparedness bill, which does not include a measure to reform FDA’s over-the-counter (OTC) drug regulatory framework that was part of the House’s original pandemic bill.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and two other members of the committee are raising concerns that FDA’s proposed sunscreen rule, which would require sunscreen makers submit data for 12 ingredients, would lead American consumers to question the safety of sunscreens.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

This week the Congressional Budget Office will score several House and Senate proposals to curb surprise medical bills, according to a Republican staffer.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

As a House Energy & Commerce geared up for a Tuesday (June 4) hearing on legislation to repeal the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital cuts that are set to kick in Oct. 1, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) office said repealing the cuts would be a giveaway to hospitals and is not grounded in reality.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

The House is moving forward with a vote this week on the Senate’s pandemic preparedness bill, which does not include a measure to reform FDA’s over-the-counter (OTC) drug regulatory framework.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

Days before the House Appropriations Committee is set to mark up an FDA funding bill, an expert on the agency’s budget process said there are plenty of challenges looming ahead that could sink the $184 million increase that House lawmakers propose in the bill.

May 31, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s draft proposal to curb surprise billing has spurred sharp divisions between hospitals and insurers as did the Senate’s first stab at legislation several months ago.

May 30, 2019 | Daily News

A new proposal to curb surprise billing by implementing “network-matching,” floated by Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA), could save the federal government $7 billion over 10 years, according to a new analysis by the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.

May 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice and the White House have yet to respond to a May 13 letter from five House committee chairs who are seeking background material and other information on the administration’s decision to stop defending any part of the Affordable Care Act in the high-profile Texas v. Azar case, congressional aides confirm.

May 29, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (IL) again took FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless to task in a letter on Wednesday (May 29), saying their May 14 meeting in which they discussed youth e-cigarette use was “one of the most disappointing and alarming meetings” in his time in public service.

May 28, 2019 | Daily News

Texas state lawmakers approved legislation to ban surprise medical bills that looks very similar to bipartisan Senate bills that would create an arbitration process for insurers and providers to settle disputes.

May 28, 2019 | Daily News

A group of more than 30 House lawmakers, most of whom are Republicans and who are led by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), asked CMS earlier this month to consider using the innovation center to run a demonstration expanding the use of physician-owned hospitals.

May 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday (May 23) that while brand and generic drug makers settled patent disputes more often in fiscal year 2016 than prior years, only one of the agreements met the Supreme Court’s criteria of potentially being anticompetitive.

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