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COVID-19: US Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 27, 2020

A tacit consensus seems to be emerging in Washington DC that another major federal COVID-19 relief package will be enacted this summer, but not negotiated until some time in mid-to-late June, as deadlines for the expiration of key CARES Act relief programs begin to loom. Republicans are testing the viability of economic measures that could … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US & EU Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 26, 2020

The US House of Representatives returns to Washington this week, but negotiations aimed at forging a bipartisan consensus on the next federal COVID-19 response package are still weeks away. The Memorial Day holiday weekend brought a surge of activity by Americans who have been in lockdown for months and are yearning for a return to … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 22, 2020

  Speaking at a pre-Memorial Day event hosted by The Hill, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it will be “a few weeks” before the Trump Administration moves to negotiate with Congress on another large-scale coronavirus response bill, while conceding there is “a strong likelihood” such legislation will eventually be needed to support the struggling … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 21, 2020

The legislative process in the US Congress is beginning to take on a more familiar look as policymakers work to shape the next steps in the federal response to COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis. The US House of Representatives will be back in session again next week, albeit with temporary proxy voting measures in … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US and EU Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 20, 2020

The timing and scope of the next steps in the federal legislative response to COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis remain an open question, as the US’ top monetary policy official declined to take a side Tuesday in the escalating partisan debate over how swiftly the US Congress must deliver additional aid.… Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 19, 2020

The US Senate is in session this week, focusing on oversight of the US$2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calls America’s “pivot toward reopening.” Congressional Democrats will launch a national public relations campaign today in hopes of pressuring McConnell to consider the US$3 … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 18, 2020

The US$3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act passed the US House of Representatives on Friday. The next moves in shaping the future of the federal legislative response to COVID-19 will be up to the White House and congressional Republicans, who control the US Senate and have expressed a desire to … Continue Reading

Senate Updates the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

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 … Continue Reading

Senate Republicans Release Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

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 … Continue Reading

House to Vote on Additional Health Care Legislation; CMS Revises Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities; CMS Issues Request for Information

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 … Continue Reading

Secretary Price to Testify on HHS Budget Request

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 … Continue Reading

FDA User Fee Reauthorization Moves to Full Committee; HHS Further Delays Bundled Payment Models and Changes to 340B Drug Discount Program

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 … Continue Reading

Senate Finance to Discuss CHRONIC Care Act

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, … Continue Reading

Next Stop: The Senate

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 … Continue Reading

AHCA’s Final Act?; CMS Gathers Feedback and Issues Payment Rates for SNFs, IRFs, and Hospices

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 … Continue Reading

AHCA Revival or Retreat; CMS Issues IPPS and LTCH PPS Proposed Rule and Request for Information

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 … Continue Reading

Gottlieb Confirmation Hearing Set for April 5; CMS Issues Final Rule on Medicaid DSH Payments; Home Health CoPs Delayed; MedPAC Meetings This Week

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 … Continue Reading

Health Reform Benched By Republican Leadership

Legislative Activity Health Reform Benched By Republican Leadership Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the goal of Republicans in Congress for the last seven years. Health reform was front and center during the campaign and it was President Trump and Speaker Ryan’s first priority out of the starting blocks in 2017. … Continue Reading

The AHCA: On to Rules Committee and House Floor; The Third Prong: Additional Legislation; HRSA Further Delays 340B Final Rule

Legislative Activity The AHCA: On to Rules Committee and House Floor The American Health Care Act (AHCA) continues to make its way through the legislative process.  After surviving markups in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the House Committee on the Budget, it is time for … Continue Reading

Potential for Reconciliation Language to Move Through Committees This Week; HRSA Issues Notice to Delay Implementation of Final Rule on 340B

Legislative Activity Potential for Reconciliation Language to Move Through Committees This Week With reports that reconciliation language was available for House Republicans to review last week, sources indicate that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Ways and Means may mark up their respective reconciliation language this Wednesday, March 8, … Continue Reading

Repeal and Replace or Repair and Rebrand?; Energy and Commerce Holds First Hearing on User Fees; MedPAC and MACPAC Meetings This Week

Legislative Activity Repeal and Replace or Repair and Rebrand? With reconciliation instructions in the FY 2017 spending bill that initiate the House and Senate committees with health care jurisdiction to reduce the deficit, Republicans in both chambers are eager to use the fast-track, fifty-vote process to repeal and replace as much of the Affordable Care … Continue Reading

Verma Visits Senate Finance

Legislative Activity Verma Visits Senate Finance With Secretary Price now in place at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), it is Seema Verma’s turn to experience the Senate confirmation process as the nominee for Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On Thursday, February 16, Verma will appear before the … Continue Reading

Price Anticipates Confirmation Vote; Medicaid Legislation Moves Through Regular Order; 340B Regulation Pulled by OMB

Legislative Activity Price Anticipates Confirmation Vote On February 3, the Senate agreed to a procedural vote to move forward on Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA) nomination for the position of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Senate could vote on his confirmation this week. While Republicans support Rep. Price and believe … Continue Reading
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