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October 22, 2019 | Daily News

Senators from both parties and hospitals are calling on CMS to reimburse for non-opioid pain management drugs separately to disincentive use of opioids when it issues the final Medicare outpatient rule.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Republican Study Committee released a health plan that would eliminate large swaths of the Affordable Care Act, standing in contrast to Democrats’ plans to build on the ACA or move to single-payer health care.

October 21, 2019 | Daily News

As Congress tries to zero in on a surprise billing fix, major hospital executives warned Capitol Hill staffers that solving surprise billing through a network-matching strategy could lead to legal woes and limit providers’ ability to negotiate contracts with insurers.

October 21, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats had floated the possibility of funding drug research at the National Institutes of Health with savings from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) government drug price negotiation plan, but the committees of jurisdiction have so far decided to use the savings to expand Medicare benefits.

October 21, 2019 | Daily News

A key house panel is poised to mark up this week legislation that slaps a tax on nicotine concentrates used for vaping, and another that lets consumers use tax-free health savings accounts to pay for direct pay primary care arrangements.

October 21, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants FDA to elaborate on how it will differentiate between device servicers and device remanufacturers and how it will promote compliance among those that consider themselves servicers but that are in fact remanufacturers.

October 21, 2019 | Daily News

Twenty-seven senators signed a letter Monday (Oct. 21) calling on the Senate leaders to pass a bill to fund community health centers for five years before funding expires on Nov. 21.

October 18, 2019 | Daily News

The House Oversight & Reform Committee will likely maintain its health care focus following Rep. Elijah Cummings’ death because health care is a defining Democratic policy area and committee staff typically continue work on investigations when leadership changes within the same party, said Henry Waxman (D-CA), who chaired both the Oversight and Energy & Commerce committees.

October 18, 2019 | Daily News

Medicare advocates praised aspects of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) drug price negotiation plan that would use savings to add dental, hearing and vision benefits to Medicare on the same day the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House Education & Labor Committee held mark-ups on the plan. 

October 18, 2019 | Daily News

A new study by the left-leaning Center for American Progress hits back the GOP-backed argument that moving to universal health care would force Americans to suffer “massive wait times” with a study showing that actual experiences in the United States and in other countries do not bear out that fear.

October 17, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) drug pricing plan on Thursday (Oct. 17) passed on party lines out of the House Energy & Commerce and Education & Labor committees.

October 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration is focusing on protecting and improving job-based coverage, Medicare and Medicaid that covers the vast majority of Americans and has no plans to draft an Affordable Care Act replacement until there’s a willing Congress or the court makes a final decision, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said during the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday (Oct16).

October 17, 2019 | Daily News

The American Medical Association, along with 110 other major physician and medical groups, is trying to convince the Senate change its surprise billing policy by eliminating its proposed benchmark payment rate for providers and only using an independent dispute resolution process, arguing that a benchmark payment rate could lead to market consolidation and artificially low payment rates.

October 16, 2019 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma will face the House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee next week where she is certain to field tough questions from Democratic lawmakers who have long sought explanations for the administration’s health care policy choices, only to be repeatedly rebuffed.

October 16, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means ranking Republican Kevin Brady (TX) told reporters that committee Republicans want to see a surprise billing fix that includes both a benchmark payment rate and arbitration, and that committee Chairman Richard Neal’s (D-MA) negotiated rulemaking proposal is a non-starter.

October 16, 2019 | Daily News

Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D) asked the Virginia Insurance Commissioner about the impact short-term plans have had on the state's residents.

October 16, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce and Education & Labor committees will mark up House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s prescription drug pricing bill on Thursday (Oct. 17), the same day the House Ways & Means Committee will hold a full committee hearing on drug pricing.

October 15, 2019 | Daily News

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Bernie Sanders (VT) defended Medicare for All during the sixth Democratic primary debate on Tuesday (Oct. 15), arguing that it is the best way to expand coverage to all Americans, despite its costs, while moderate candidates argued for a public option and otherwise building on the Affordable Care Act.

October 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that House Democrats’ bill to negotiating drug prices would save taxpayers $345 billion in six years, but that savings would come at the cost of 8 to 15 fewer drugs being invented over a decade -- FDA approves about 30 new drugs annually.

October 09, 2019 | Daily News

In line with House Republicans, Blue Dog Democrats on Tuesday (Oct. 8) urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold votes on several bipartisan drug pricing bills, instead of wrapping them into government price negotiation legislation that Republicans oppose.

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