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Election 2014

Monday, 25 July 2016

Presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (VA) has backed several pieces of legislation that align with changes to the Affordable Care Act that are pushed by Hillary Clinton in her health care platform: Fixing the “family glitch,” supporting all states that expand Medicaid and lowering drug costs. Kaine also threw his support behind legislation that would delay payment cuts for durable medical equipment.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Importing prescription drugs is part of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform's plan to address rising drug costs for Americans -- a longstanding idea, opposed by the drug industry, also pushed by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Monday, 25 July 2016

The final Democratic platform released Friday has several new pieces of health policy, most significantly now including a vow to fight for a full repeal of the ACA’s excise tax on high cost health plans, despite White House support of a modified “Cadillac tax.”

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The GOP platform unveiled this week calls for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the first day of a Republican presidency using waiver authority and blames the ACA for rising drug prices, while making no mention of Donald Trump's campaign proposals to control drug costs through drug importation and Medicare drug price negotiation.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The GOP platform says states have the authority to exclude abortion providers from federal programs such as Medicaid, but CMS recently stated such action would be illegal.

Friday, 23 October 2015

A key medical research group pressed the Senate health committee to provide mandatory funding hikes to FDA and the National Institutes of Health in its upcoming medical innovation bill, but lobbyists foresee an uphill battle and several research advocates are also lobbying Congress to lift the budget caps as a solution.

Friday, 07 November 2014

Arizona became the fifth state in recent months to give terminally ill patients the right to try investigational medicines that are in the early stages of clinical trials, with state voters passing a "Right to Try" ballot measure on Nov. 4.

Thursday, 06 November 2014

Rep. Mike Burgess (R-TX), the sponsor of bipartisan legislation to replace the flawed Medicare physician payment formula, tells Inside Health Policy that if President Barack Obama wants a win following Tuesday's election that flipped the Senate to GOP control he should tell Senate leaders to come back to the negotiating table on the Sustainable Growth Rate deal.

Thursday, 06 November 2014

Virginia's Health and Human Services Secretary William Hazel, Jr. said during a call sponsored by advocacy group Families USA on Thursday (Nov. 6) that he expects the state will eventually expand the Medicaid program, it's just a matter of when.

Thursday, 06 November 2014

The GOP Doctors Caucus and more than 110 lawmakers are urging House leadership to resume negotiations on the stalled Medicare physician payment reform deal when Congress resumes following Tuesday's election, and one Democratic Ways & Means staffer said the lame duck session is a prime opportunity for Congress to pass a deal to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate before new committee leaders takes over.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

President Barack Obama on Wednesday (Nov. 5) expressed openness to supporting changes in his signature health care law, but drew the line at policies that would take away benefits or that would undermine the structure of the Affordable Care Act -- including a repeal of the individual mandate.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Initiatives in Colorado and Oregon to require labeling of food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) failed Tuesday, and food industry sources opposed to the state measures express hope the GOP's takeover of the Senate will boost the chances of a bill that would give FDA sole authority to require mandatory labeling of such products.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

With the GOP's strong showing in governors' races Tuesday (Nov. 4), including fighting off challenges in what were billed to be six close races in non-Medicaid expansion states, a health care analyst says there won't be any changes to the map of states that have expanded the Medicaid program and those states that have resisted expansion.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

With the GOP now firmly in control of the Senate following Tuesday's elections, lobbyists are watching closely to see whether Republicans will insist on repealing the Affordable Care Act in its entirety or instead hold votes on measures with bipartisan support, including repealing the device tax and employer mandate.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), chair of the appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over FDA, lost his re-election Tuesday (Nov. 4) in a move that could complicate food safety advocates' efforts to increase funding for implementation of the food safety law.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014

Weighing heavy on the minds of lobbyists is whether a GOP-led Senate would insist on repealing the Affordable Care Act in its entirety or instead hold votes on measures with bipartisan support, including repealing the device tax and employer mandate.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell urged current governors reluctant to expand Medicaid and newcomers following Tuesday's vote to meet with her to discuss flexible options for expanding the program their own way.

Monday, 03 November 2014

The Children's Health Insurance Program will be losing its champion, and House and Senate committees could see a leadership shake-up following Tuesday night's mid-term election where all eyes will be on the Senate and a projected GOP takeover.

Monday, 03 November 2014

Should the Senate turn Republican following Tuesday's elections there could be key ramifications for FDA stakeholders: Washington insiders predict a GOP-controlled Senate would make it harder for FDA to get additional resources to implement the food safety law but say such an election outcome would ease House Republican' efforts to move their 21st Century Cures initiative to the president's desk.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The outcome of six close gubernatorial races on Tuesday (Nov. 4) -- in Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin, which currently have Republican governors -- could determine whether those states look to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 2015.