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July 27, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced bills Monday (July 27) that aim to ramp up domestic procurement and manufacturing of medical products, and provide tax credits to qualifying personal protective equipment manufacturers.

July 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Alliance to Fight for Health Care, a broad-based coalition that supports employer-sponsored insurance, is disappointed the GOP’s opening shot on the next COVID-19 package fails to include subsidies that would help employees purchase COBRA coverage.

July 24, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Friday (July 24) passed 224-189 an FDA spending package that would give the agency $3.21 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $40.8 million over fiscal 2020 funding levels, and would provide the agency authority to recall drugs.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

FDA will require drug makers to include naloxone co-prescribing information in labeling for all opioids and opioid use disorder medications, including buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone, the agency announced Thursday (July 23).

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

While a final package has yet to emerge, details are trickling out on the scope of Senate Republicans’ latest draft COVID-19 response bill: A summary floating on Capitol Hill that lobbyists say followed a GOP meeting on Wednesday (July 22) includes expected liability protections, less funding for provider relief than sought by stakeholders, an extension of telehealth reimbursement through 2021, and flat Medicare Part B premiums for next year.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association, the American Nurse Association and the American Medical Association on Wednesday (July 22) called on congressional leaders to replenish the provider relief fund with an additional $100 billion in the upcoming coronavirus stimulus package.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate on Wednesday (July 22) rejected Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) request to pass by unanimous consent a bill that would require President Donald Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act to provide states with medical equipment, such as tests, respirators, gowns and gloves.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The public health emergency declaration will expire on July 25, ending numerous Medicare and Medicaid waivers as well as setting a Sept. 30 end date for the federal Medicaid match increase, unless extended by the administration.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

Executives of five major vaccine makers that are part of HHS’ Operation Warp Speed assured House lawmakers on Tuesday (July 21) that most, if not all, of their supplies for producing and packaging a COVID-19 vaccine will come from the United States and Europe, and not from China.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

Stakeholders are ramping up pressure on Congress to fund widespread COVID-19 surveillance and return-to-work testing in the relief package as Senate Republicans continue to haggle with a White House that has downplayed testing and balked at new spending.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

As the Senate negotiates the upcoming coronavirus stimulus package, providers, plans and beneficiary advocates are laying out what they want to see in the package, including a bump in the federal Medicaid match, additional state funding, and a focus on contact tracing.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

Executives from three drug companies said Tuesday (July 21) they expect to profit off the coronavirus vaccines they’re developing.

July 20, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Monday (July 20) again defended its controversial decision that hospitals stop submitting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and instead report the information to a new HHS database, with interim HHS Chief Information Officer José Arrieta calling the new dataset more robust than anything HHS has published before.

July 20, 2020 | Daily News

Large employers lobbying to get subsidies for COBRA insurance into the next COVID-19 relief package are armed with a new poll that finds Americans across the board believe the government must help people who lost their job keep their current plan.

July 20, 2020 | Daily News

The health insurance industry is again laying out priorities for the next COVID-19 response package ahead of this week’s expected negotiations, and the industry’s list includes extending financial assistance to help employers cover workers, COBRA subsidies, an increase in the federal Medicaid match and federal funding to support the widespread testing needed to fully reopen the economy.

July 20, 2020 | Daily News

Foreign policy experts said U.S.-European cooperation on a COVID-19 vaccine could help the United States get a vaccine more quickly than if it continues working on its own, and could also help reduce U.S. and European reliance on China and Russia.

July 17, 2020 | Daily News

The non-partisan, non-profit United States of Care, founded by former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt and other health policy experts such as former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, urge Congress to include in the upcoming COVID-19 relief bill funding for a Health Care Resilience Program that would grant advanced payments or loan forgiveness to providers who agree to accelerate their transition to value-based care.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) on Thursday (July 16) said he wants provisions in the HEROES Act that would bump the federal Medicaid match rate for states a second time to be included in the next coronavirus stimulus package.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Members of the House’s bipartisan Congressional Telehealth Caucus unveiled legislation Thursday (July 16) that would extend the expanded use of telehealth in Medicare beyond the pandemic.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Former FDA Chief Scientist Jesse Goodman says FDA should require informed consent be part of any process in which patients are allowed to use COVID-19 vaccines before they’re officially approved, including through the emergency use authorization pathway.

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