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February 19, 2019 | Daily News

Employers, consumer and insurers have joined forces to push for legislation that would limit surprise billing by setting a low benchmark for out-of-network payments to providers.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

CMS says the Independence at Home Demonstration saved about $9.1 million in its third year, once incentive payments to practices were taken into account -- results praised by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA), who would like to make the demonstration permanent.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

CMS says the Independence at Home Demonstration saved about $9.1 billion in its third year, once incentive payments to practices were taken into account -- results praised by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA), who would like to make the demonstration permanent.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

Eight major hospital associations are asking House and Senate leadership to again delay Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments, as they say the coverage rates envisioned by the Affordable Care Act haven’t materialized and Medicaid already underpays providers.

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) said Tuesday (Feb. 12) that he asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to consider making prescription drug makers pay rebates to Medicare if they hike Part B drug prices faster than the rate of inflation.

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) reintroduced his bill requiring hospitals notify patients if the care they are receiving is out of their insurance network, joining efforts by several other Capitol Hill lawmakers to cut back on surprise billing practices.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

Home care organizations were pleased with a bipartisan Senate bill introduced Monday (Feb. 11) that would keep CMS from implementing any behavioral adjustment as part of a new home health pay system until the agency sees how providers react.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

FDA stakeholders are applauding the $269 million increase in FDA funding included in a government spending package to be voted on Thursday (Feb. 14) to avert another shutdown.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

FDA stakeholders are applauding the $269 million increase in FDA funding included in a government spending package passed by Congress Thursday (Feb. 14) to avert another shutdown.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House Energy & Commerce Committee leaders asked to meet with FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to discuss challenges the agency faces in inspecting foreign drug manufacturing facilities.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

In an in-person meeting, Senate Finance Committee Democrats on Wednesday (Feb. 13) asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar how the administration plans to eliminate Medicare Part D rebates without letting drug makers pocket that money instead of sharing it with seniors, according to a Democratic committee aide.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee Democrats jumped at the chance to criticize GOP-led changes to the Affordable Care Act during a Wednesday hearing examining legislation that could reverse several health policy decisions made by the Trump administration.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee want to know what CMS plans to do about states that are not fully complying with federal requirements to provide Medicaid coverage of abortions in cases of rape, incest or danger to the pregnant person’s life.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar is scheduled to visit Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday (Feb. 13) after holding a similar meeting a month ago with committee Republicans, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of eight House lawmakers is seeking support for a bill to permanently repeal the Affordable Care Act's 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Tammy Baldwin (WI), along with Democratic Reps. Brian Higgins (NY) and Joe Courtney (CT), unveiled legislation that would let people between the ages of 50 and 64 buy into Medicare, and would let them use existing tax credits and federal contributions under the Affordable Care Act to do so.

February 12, 2019 | Daily News

Democrats are embracing proposals that would lower the Medicare eligibility age to either 50 or 55 in an effort to expand health coverage without fully upending the current system, but industry groups are wary of the idea and warn it could be as disruptive as moving to Medicare for All. 

February 12, 2019 | Daily News

A key liberal House Democrat said he is open to more moderate approaches to Medicare price negotiation than his own, but House Republicans oppose Medicare negotiation, especially if the plan were to let the government exclude coverage of drugs.

February 12, 2019 | Daily News

Prominent House Republicans are discussing legislation to obviate the ongoing legal threat to the Affordable Care Act by fully repealing the individual coverage requirement, but Democrats are unwilling to tamper with the Obamacare statute and don’t want to make any moves that could threaten the health law or tamper with the ongoing appeals process.

February 11, 2019 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Monday (Feb. 11) said he hopes to start a “public conversation” about reforming 1994 dietary supplement law to expand the agency’s authority, including in the exclusivity space, coming as FDA also takes steps to beef up its current oversight of the industry.

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