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May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate health committee’s bipartisan draft bill on lowering health care costs does not expand the Trump administration’s point-of-sale rebate proposal to the commercial market, after Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said the proposal was being considered for inclusion.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee leaders released a draft legislative package Thursday (May 23) that would set up an information exchange program for commercial insurers similar to CMS’ Blue Button initiative, strengthen incentives to improve cybersecurity practices, require a study of third-party health apps, and increase cost transparency, among other proposals to lower health care costs.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said Wednesday (May 17) that committee members are considering a rework of financial liability in the catastrophic phase of Medicare Part D to help curb rising drug prices.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

After legislative talks between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Donald Trump ground to a halt Wednesday morning, Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who is helping lead negotiations on health care policy, said the Senate was always in the driver’s seat in the drug-pricing debate.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers stuck to partisan lines as they debated the tradeoffs of a single-payer health care system during a House Budget Committee hearing, with Republicans focusing on how a transition to the system could disrupt American health policy and Democrats highlighting the potential positive outcomes.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump said Wednesday (May 22) that legislative negotiations on drug pricing are on hold until Democrats stop investigations into his potential role in his campaign’s ties to Russia and into other actions he has taken while in office.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) said he has been pushing Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley to embrace a Medicare drug price negotiation scheme that includes a formulary designed to make it easier for patients and their doctors to bypass coverage restrictions.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

A coalition of provider and patient groups are urging CMS to rethink its plan to include noninvasive ventilators in the durable medical equipment competitive bidding program, as DME suppliers simultaneously are gathering support for a congressional sign-on letter with the same request.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee leaders are asking in letters sent Tuesday (May 21) that HHS Secretary Alex Azar provide them with a full review of his department’s programs that combat maternal mortality and for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on maternal mortality data.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

Several lobbyists on Monday suggested the Senate health committee could unveil a discussion draft of policy proposals to lower health care costs as soon as Thursday (May 23).

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

Families USA, in a move reminiscent of the run-up to the Affordable Care Act debate, is spearheading a new alliance of beneficiary advocates, employers, unions and primary care doctors who say they are willing to rethink traditional partnerships to tackle fundamental problems with the nation’s health system by changing economic incentives.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

Capitol Hill’s second-ever hearing on surprise medical bills is shaping up to be an industry critique of the recently released House and Senate proposals to stop the practice.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee will consider seven pieces of drug-pricing transparency legislation at a hearing on May 21, the committee announced Friday (May 17).

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

A coalition of employer associations representing restaurant, retail, hotel and other workers applauds a bipartisan, bicameral effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s definition of a full-time employee, currently set at 30 hours a week for the employer mandate, so that it aligns with the traditional 40-hour threshold, and hopes the Employer Flexibility Act will be included in a must-pass bill.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate on Thursday (May 16) passed Sen. Richard Burr’s (R-NC) pandemic preparedness bill, which reups hazard preparedness programs at HHS, but the bill, unlike the House counterpart, does not include language to reform FDA’s over-the-counter monograph regulations.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

Senate committee leaders are looking to include surprise billing legislation and several drug-pricing bills in an upcoming health care cost-reduction package.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Finance Committee has established group tasked with examining the Affordable Care Act’s 2.3% excise tax on medical devices, which will kick back in Dec. 31, unless repealed or again delayed, among other health-related taxes.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) introduced a bill Wednesday (May 15) that would require traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Medicare Part D plans and insurance companies to provide information to individual enrollees about the costs, including out-of-pocket costs, of services and prescription drugs via online tools.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Thursday (May 16) debated the more than $2,000 monthly price of the only drug on the market to prevent HIV infection, and whether the government should strip the drug’s patent protections to allow generic competitors.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators that has been working on a plan to curb surprise billing released legislation Thursday (May 16) that calls for a baseball-style arbitration process for settling disputes between providers and insurers -- a process opposed by the White House and not included in the recently released House draft legislation.

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