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June 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee on Wednesday (June 26) passed, 20 to 3, bipartisan legislation to lower health care costs that includes drug-pricing provisions.

June 27, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) wants to reverse a Trump-era drug-pricing policy by putting biosimilars in common billing codes to drive down prices of biosimilars, sources following Senate Finance Committee negotiations say.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday (June 26) advanced five Medicare-related bills, including legislation to expand coverage of telehealth services for mental health treatment, eliminate beneficiary cost-sharing for chronic care management services, and add 1,000 new residency slots under the Graduate Medical Education program.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) introduced competing legislation to end surprise medical bills through baseball-style arbitration just hours after the Senate health committee approved a bill to end the practice via a benchmark payment rate.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are pushing for Congress to pass legislation that would reform FDA’s over-the-counter drug regulatory system, as they say it not only will ensure the safety of OTC drug products and allow for more innovation in the space, it also will increase consumer access and help lower health care costs.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee added an amendment from Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to its surprise billing legislation requiring providers to inform consumers about network status and committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) agreed to work with Cassidy over the next few weeks to add more changes to the bill.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Wednesday (June 26) that he sees no reason why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would not move forward with a Senate vote on a bipartisan package on lowering health costs that the committee passed Wednesday 20-3.

June 25, 2019 | Daily News

Several stakeholder groups are pushing the Senate health committee to change the committee’s methodology or payment rate for out-of-network bills in the lead-up to the markup of the legislation.

June 25, 2019 | Daily News

The House passed a minibus funding package on Tuesday (June 25) that aims to give FDA a $184 million funding boost over fiscal 2019 levels and redirect $100,000 from the agency’s general purpose funding towards its efforts to establish a safe, lawful level of cannabidiol (CBD) to be allowed in food and dietary supplements.

June 24, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for wide-ranging action on price transparency, also includes a stipulation on surprise medical bills, yet provides few details.

June 24, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) bipartisan tobacco-to-21 bill has made its way into the Senate health committee’s health care costs legislation that will be marked up Wednesday (June 26).

June 24, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will mark up five health care bills on Wednesday (June 26), including a new bill to expand telehealth services and fund the National Quality Forum and the State Health Insurance Programs, a bill that would eliminate cost-sharing responsibilities for chronic care services under Medicare, and a bill to extend funding to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund.

June 24, 2019 | Daily News

Ahead of the Senate health committee's mark-up of surprise billing legislation a former GOP solicitor general is questioning the constitutionality of the bill’s benchmark-payment rate policy, and stakeholder groups are urging the committee to change its methodology to a baseball-style arbitration process.

June 21, 2019 | Daily News

The White House budget office began reviewing CMS’ proposal to base Medicare Part B drug prices on prices paid abroad, increasing pressure on Senate Finance Committee members to reach a deal on alternative changes to the doctor reimbursement system for drugs and on industry to support those changes.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

The House passed legislation Tuesday (June 18) to stop authorized generics from lowering the rebates that drug companies must pay in Medicaid. The rebate measure was also included in the president’s budget request.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Population Affairs Diane Foley told skeptical House Democrats that the embattled rule preventing facilities that refer patients for abortions from receiving Title X funds is necessary to ensure the funding is not used for abortions.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

The House late on Tuesday (June 18) passed legislation that would fund the Money Follows the Person demonstration through 2024, preserve asset protections for the spouses of Medicaid beneficiaries who receive long term care benefits and extend the Community Mental Health Services Demonstration.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

Despite Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) ongoing concerns with the 340B drug discount program, 340B reforms were not included in the latest version of the committee’s cost-cutting legislation introduced by Alexander and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) Wednesday (June 19).

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley opposes indexing prices of Medicare Part B drugs to those in foreign countries, but the Iowa Republican thinks that third-party vendors should negotiate prices for Part B specialty drugs that are in short supply.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) ultimately decided not to include drug-pricing provisions that would tie patient coinsurance to net prices instead of list prices and require drug makers to justify price hikes in the committee’s final package on lowering health care costs.

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