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December 03, 2020 | Daily News

Leadership of House committees with jurisdiction over health care legislation remains roughly the same, with the exceptions of Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) taking the Appropriations Committee gavel from retiring Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) replacing retiring Rep. Greg Walden (OR) as the ranking Republican on Energy & Commerce.

December 02, 2020 | Daily News

CMS is officially delaying the radiation oncology model demonstration until July 1, 2021 with a clause in the final hospital outpatient prospective payment system rule released Wednesday (Dec. 2), giving oncologists another 6 months to comply with the mandatory program as CMS Administrator Seema Verma had promised in late October.

December 02, 2020 | Daily News

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will be the ranking Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee next year, replacing retiring Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and defeating Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Bob Latta (R-OH), who were also vying for the job.

December 02, 2020 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday (Dec. 2) said the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 relief package introduced earlier this week should be a starting point for negotiations, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday indicated the bipartisan structure was a waste of time.

December 01, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers unveiled a $908 billion COVID-19 relief package on Tuesday (Dec. 1) -- which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) alleged was a waste of time as he pushed his own bill -- while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a different proposal to House and Senate Republicans and are negotiating with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

November 25, 2020 | Daily News

States and local governments hope to establish a stronger partnership with federal regulators, through more meetings and a robust White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under the incoming Biden administration, to help them respond to the pandemic and turn around the economy.

November 25, 2020 | Daily News

Dozens of groups that represent employers and benefit advisors tell lawmakers that even if they’re unable to reach an agreement to address surprise billing, they should still pass a suite of less-controversial provisions on transparency, drug pricing and other reforms included in the Senate health committee's bipartisan Lower Health Care Costs Act (S. 1985).

November 24, 2020 | Daily News

With nursing homes in the Midwest seeing a 275% increase in COVID-19 cases since September, patient advocates say the holidays underscore the need to reduce community spread while the overall pandemic has exposed issues with staffing shortages and how facilities are paid.

November 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration must pause any efforts to cut off consumers’ Affordable Care Act subsidies for the 2021 plan year since IRS processing delays have resulted in Americans being wrongfully denied financial assistance, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner (VA) writes in a letter to IRS and CMS.

November 20, 2020 | Daily News

Former FDA chief Mark McClellan says the Biden administration should consider making FDA an independent agency, separate from HHS, and he asserts the discussion should be a priority for Congress and the administration in 2021 due to concerns the Trump White House exerted political pressure over FDA’s COVID-19 decisions.

November 20, 2020 | Daily News

As coronavirus cases top 170,000 a day, states and providers are looking at a potential omnibus spending bill -- or any other vehicle to keep the government funded -- to implement their COVID-19 relief wish lists, which largely consist of more money for providers and cash-strapped states, many of whom want to see the CARES Act spending deadline extended into next year so they can use funds they already have for vaccine distribution.

November 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Alliance for a Stronger FDA says a fiscal 2021 omnibus spending bill, instead of another continuous resolution, would be good news for FDA as it would likely give the agency an increase of around $40 million over fiscal 2020 levels, whereas if Congress signs another continuing resolution it would leave FDA with the same funding levels as fiscal 2020.

November 17, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association are pressing the Trump administration to quickly share real-time data on COVID-19 supplies and updates on response efforts with President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition team.

November 17, 2020 | Daily News

Bipartisan bills calling for generic drug labeling updates, an end to gaming of certain orphan drug exclusivity provisions and an updated list of major allergens are among 10 health care measures that were passed by the House on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

November 12, 2020 | Daily News

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters Thursday (Nov. 12) he is waiting to see who will become the next House speaker before working across the aisle on another COVID-19 package.

November 11, 2020 | Daily News

Device industry lawyers believe the new session of Congress will try to push forward legislation giving FDA regulatory authority over laboratory-developed tests, coming after the Trump HHS made headlines in August by unexpectedly announcing FDA lacked legal authority to regulate LDTs, including COVID-19 tests developed by labs.

November 11, 2020 | Daily News

Leaders of the House Cannabis Caucus on Tuesday (Nov. 10) called for lawmakers to support passage of marijuana legislation after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said the House will vote in December on a bill that aims to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act -- a move that would take authority away from the Drug Enforcement Administration and potentially put it at least partially into the hands of FDA.

November 10, 2020 | Daily News

President-elect Joe Biden’s call for face mask mandates has emerged as a central part of his COVID-19 transition plan, but he’s likely to face challenges if he chooses to pursue a national mandate, particularly as the Senate could remain Republican-controlled.

November 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday (Nov. 10) proposed giving FDA more than $3 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2021, a $40 million increase in base funding over fiscal 2020 levels.

November 07, 2020 | Daily News

Whether President-elect Joe Biden will have to contend with a divided Congress will not be clear until Jan. 5, when both of Georgia’s Senate races head into runoff elections. With Republicans lined up to win other outstanding Senate races as of Saturday (Nov. 7), Democrats’ hopes of taking razor-thin control of the Senate appear to hinge on the two Georgia races. Until Senate leadership is cemented, it’s also unclear which party will control the Senate health, Appropriations and Finance committees that drive key health care policies.

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