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November 18, 2019 | Daily News

The latest House continuing resolution to fund the government, unveiled Monday (Nov. 18), extends through Dec. 20 the same package of so-called health extenders included in the short-term CR that is set to expire Nov. 21, including an extended delay of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

Brand and generic drug companies disagree over the usefulness of FDA’s and the Federal Trade Commission’s efforts to address gaming of FDA’s risk mitigation strategies, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Thursday (Nov. 14).

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate Democrats called on the Senate Appropriations health subcommittee to reschedule a previously postponed markup of the Labor-HHS spending bill, which includes a Democratic-authored amendment to block the Trump administration’s rule withholding Title X funding from facilities that perform abortions or refer patients for abortion.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

The HHS Office of Civil Rights and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are concerned by the revelation that the health system Ascension is sharing millions of personal health records with Google as part of a partnership, but consumer advocates say the issue is less about any potential privacy violations and more about what consumers expect when it comes to their health data.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) unveiled a bill Thursday (Nov. 14) to strengthen privacy protections for consumer health data amid scrutiny over Google’s planned acquisition of Fitbit and its current partnership with Ascension.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

Congress should hold hearings on the United States’ growing reliance on pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from China, and direct FDA to compile a list of Chinese-made drugs critical to American health and to certify that Chinese drug makers are up to par with U.S. standards, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission says in its new annual report released Thursday (Nov. 14).

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

Republicans on the Energy & Commerce health subcommittee say legislation to stop brands from using citizen petitions to unfairly delay generic competition might violate the First Amendment, but Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) said he must do his homework before taking a firm stance on whether to make an adjustment to the bill.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

A shortage of vincristine, one of the drugs essential to treating pediatric cancer, has the pediatric oncology community calling for both long-term and short-term drug shortage reforms.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (Nov. 13) unanimously approved two bills to improve maternal health, including a bill that would allow states to extend Medicaid eligibility for up to one year after a beneficiary gives birth and receive a higher federal match rate.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blocked the passage of a bipartisan bill, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), that aimed to prevent drug companies from patent gaming, after Cornyn called up the bill on Wednesday (Nov. 13) for an expedited floor vote.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

Two FDA experts say 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) plan to weed out government corruption by restricting how companies share data and information with federal agencies could have a chilling effect on FDA and regulated industries.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (Nov. 13) sent to the full committee legislation that aims to curb youth e-cigarette use by, among other things, raising the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21 and banning all characterizing flavors.

November 11, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said HHS isn’t doing enough to protect health records covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and called on the administration to describe how it will prevent health record breaches after a massive exposure of health records occurred in September.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

White House Domestic Policy Advisor Joe Grogan suggested that lawmakers are close to an agreement on surprise billing legislation and believes that something will pass either stand alone or attached to drug pricing measures by the end of the year.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

Trump administration official Joe Grogan on Friday (Nov. 8) railed against FDA regulation of tobacco, arguing that FDA regulates products that help people, and making the agency regulate tobacco, which is “awful” and “has no redeeming qualities,” is a waste of the agency’s time and resources.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan, bicameral bill introduced Thursday (Nov. 7) would increase oversight of hospices after reports released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) in July identified abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries in hospice.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing Thursday (Nov. 14) on caring for aging Americans, and a spokesperson told Inside Health Policy the hearing will likely cover a wide range of issues including care in the home, hospice, nursing homes, antipsychotic use in nursing homes and other long-term care issues.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers recently introduced legislation to keep CMS from adding noninvasive ventilators to the durable medical equipment competitive bidding program for five years after the agency defended its decision to add the ventilators despite lawmakers’ concerns.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

Dozens of hospital and pharmacy groups have thrown their support behind a bipartisan Senate bill to avert drug shortages, with sources telling Inside Health Policy some of the groups worked with the cosponsors to develop the bill.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Wednesday (Nov. 6) he will soon request a floor vote on legislation to require that television drug advertisements disclose list prices.

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