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Below is this week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update,” which is posted on Mondays when Congress is in session. Included this week is an update on congressional efforts to finish opioids response legislation; efforts by pharmaceutical manufacturers to change discounts they are required to provide Medicare beneficiaries in the Part D donut hole; the status of funding for HHS and the rest of the government; pending House votes on pharmacy “gag clauses”; and more.…
The Senate this week overwhelmingly approved legislation to address the opioid crisis, and now Congress is racing to cobble together a final measure that could pass before the midterm elections in November. The Senate-passed legislation is sweeping in scope: It is composed of more than 70 individual bills approved by five committees. Packaged together, this legislation would expand access to medication-assisted treatment, crack down on illicit drug shipments in the mail and create new funding…
Below is this week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update,” posted on Mondays when Congress is in session. Featured in this week’s Update, the Senate votes today on opioids legislation (the House is not in session this week); Congress reaches an agreement on fiscal 2019 healthcare funding; the pharma industry last week suffers both a setback and a victory on the Hill; House, Senate advance pharmacy “gag clause” bills; and more.…
Building off of last year’s sweeping tax overhaul, the House Ways and Means Committee today approved legislation that would make key provisions of that law permanent. But while most of the tax policies endorsed by the committee are unlikely to be enacted this year, some could win approval in a post-election lame duck voting session in December. The sweeping $1.5 trillion tax cut law Congress enacted last December lowers taxes for both individuals and businesses.…
This week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update” includes the latest on a pending Senate vote on opioid legislation as Congress races to enact a response to the crisis before the November election; the Senate votes to expand Sunshine Act disclosure requirements; and a key House Republican backs requiring drug manufacturers to include prices in their ads; and more. (Note: Congress is in recess today and Tuesday in observance of Rosh Hashanah. The House and Senate will…
This week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update” includes the latest on a pending Senate vote on opioid legislation as Congress races to enact a response to the crisis before the November election; the Senate votes to expand Sunshine Act disclosure requirements; and a key House Republican backs requiring drug manufacturers to include prices in their ads; and more. (Note: Congress is in recess today and Tuesday in observance of Rosh Hashanah. The House and Senate will…
This week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update” includes the latest on Congress reconvening after a summer break and facing near-term deadlines on government funding, including for healthcare agencies and programs; whether Congress will approve opioids legislation before the November elections; an unlikely alliance of Senate Democrats and the Trump administration on requiring drug manufacturers to include prices in their ads; and more.…
President Donald Trump announced today that the United States and Mexico agreed in concept to overhaul portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but Congress won’t be able to ratify the deal until next year – under what could be Democrat majorities on Capitol Hill if November’s elections go poorly for Trump. Trump made the announcement from the Oval Office with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on speakerphone. Trump said he was “terminating”…
President Donald Trump on Monday renewed threats to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t approve billions of dollars for border security, even as Republican leaders on Capitol Hill implored Trump to avoid budget brinkmanship before the midterm elections. Trump wants at least $5 billion next fiscal year in additional funding to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Because Democrats object, congressional Republicans are unlikely to meet Trump’s demand before the start of fiscal…
This week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update” includes the latest on a series of healthcare bills scheduled for House votes, including one to repeal the medical device tax; Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins’ scheduled testimony on before a House committee; reaction from congressional leaders to the Trump administration’s plan to import drugs from other countries; and more.…