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On Thursday, July 13, Senate Republicans released their updated draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.  A PDF of the updated text can be accessed here. We found the following documents and articles helpful: An updated Congressional Research Service Section-by-Section for Titles I and II of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (link) A summary of the newly included Title III (link) The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan,…
On Thursday, June 22, Senate Republicans released the text of their health reform discussion draft.  A PDF of the text can be accessed here. We found the following documents and articles to be particularly useful: The Congressional Research Service Section-by-Section Summary of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (link) The Washington Post’s Kim Soffen and Darla Cameron explain the Senate draft (link) The Atlantic’s Vann R. Newkirk II discusses…
Legislative Activity House to Vote on Additional Health Care Legislation This week Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on two pieces of health care legislation. These bills are part of the third phase of Speaker Paul Ryan’s repeal and replace strategy. H.R. 2579, the Broader Options for Americans Act, was introduced by House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), and…
Legislative Activity Secretary Price to Testify on HHS Budget Request This Thursday, June 8, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price will appear before the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means to defend the President’s FY 2018 Budget titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The President’s FY 2018 Budget, largely matches the Skinny Budget released earlier this year and calls for cutting federal spending by…
Legislative Activity FDA User Fee Reauthorization Moves to Full Committee While passing health reform through Congress has been a struggle, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee legislation has quickly moved through the regular order process in a bipartisan fashion. S. 934/H.R. 2430, Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA), renews FDA’s authority to collect user fees from the makers of prescription brand drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilars. The user…
Legislative Activity Senate Finance to Discuss CHRONIC Care Act On Tuesday, May 16, the Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing titled “Examining Bipartisan Medicare Policies that Improve Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions.” The Committee will discuss S. 870, Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017, introduced by the co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Working Group—Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Ron Wyden…
Legislative Activity Next Stop: The Senate After an uphill battle and much compromise, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, May 4, by a vote of 217 ayes to 213 nays. At the beginning of the week a favorable outcome for the AHCA seemed unlikely. Speaker Ryan could only lose 22 members of the Republican conference for the health reform vote to go in his favor, and…
Legislative Activity AHCA’s Final Act? On Friday, April 28, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until Friday, May 5. The extension gives Republicans until the end of the week to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. Then, House Republican leadership will likely turn again to addressing alternatives to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last week Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) brokered a deal with Freedom Caucus chair…
Legislative Activity AHCA Revival or Retreat Congress reconvenes this week after a two-week recess, with the possibility of a government shutdown looming at the end of the week. Speaker Ryan has made it clear to his colleagues that funding the government beyond April 28 will be his highest priority. With the American Health Care Act (AHCA) seemingly back on the table, efforts could accelerate this week for the House to approve a compromise version so…
Legislative Activity Gottlieb Confirmation Hearing Set for April 5 On Wednesday, April 5, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold a confirmation hearing for Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee for Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Gottlieb held a number of senior positions at the FDA during the George W. Bush Administration. He served as deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs and helped coordinate…