Tag Archives: Public health

COVID-19: US State Policy Report – June 25, 2020

This report captures the shifting state, territorial and local government policies and guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of the economy in the US by tracking public information from official sources, such as gubernatorial comments, executive actions and guidance. The following states have new or updated information: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – June 19, 2020

America and European countries remain focused on securing a COVID-19 vaccine to prevent resurgences of the virus, with the European Commission unveiling a strategy this week to accelerate its coordinated efforts.  At a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense Ministerial this week, partners focused on COVID-19 and other topics, including the US’ announcement to lower … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US State Policy Report – June 18, 2020

This report captures the shifting state, territorial and local government policies and guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of the economy in the US by tracking public information from official sources, such as gubernatorial comments, executive actions and guidance. The following states have new or updated information: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, … Continue Reading

Republicans Discuss the Future of Obamacare; Lame Duck Session Commences; House to Consider Bipartisan Public Health Legislation

Legislative Activity Republicans Discuss the Future of Obamacare After six years of complaining about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) it is time for Republicans to take action, however a divide on how to tackle the law has developed. There are Republican members who prefer a transition to the new system of health … Continue Reading

Health Bills Scheduled For House Floor Action; Medicare Premiums And Deductibles Announced

Legislative Activity Health Bills Scheduled For House Floor Action House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced that on Monday, November 16, the House will consider two health bills under suspension of the rules: S. 599, the Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act, which extends and expands the Medicaid emergency psychiatric demonstration project; and … Continue Reading

Health-Focused Reconciliation Recommendations Clear Three Committees; CMS Requests Input on MIPS Implementation

Legislative Activity Health-Focused Reconciliation Recommendations Clear Three Committees Last week, three House committees considered and passed reconciliation recommendations that included health-related language. The House Committee on Ways and Means approved language that would repeal the individual and employer mandates, the excise taxes on medical devices and high cost employer-sponsored health coverage (also known as the … Continue Reading

Health Legislation Hits House Floor; Senate HELP Committee To Mark Up Health Bills; ONC Releases Federal Health IT Strategic Plan; Transition to ICD-10 Approaches

Legislative Activity Health Legislation Hits House Floor House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced that the following health-related bills will be considered this week under suspension of the rules: H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage of Employees Act, as amended, which provides that employers with 51 to 100 employees are small employers for purposes … Continue Reading

SCOTUS Decision on ACA Subsidies Expected Any Day; IPAB Repeal Hits House Floor; Appropriations Committees Consider Health Bills; 340B Proposed Rule Released

SCOTUS Watch The Supreme Court is expected to issue its opinion in King v. Burwell by the end of the month, though it is unclear when the decision will be handed down. Currently, the Supreme Court has scheduled non-argument days for June 22 and 29, with a conference day scheduled for June 25. The issue … Continue Reading

Senate Takes Shot At Vaccine-Preventable Diseases; Health Cybersecurity Examined; GAO Reports On ICD-10

Legislative Activity Senate Committee Takes Shot At Vaccine-Preventable Diseases This week, as the country faces a well-publicized outbreak of measles, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold a hearing to discuss the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases. The media has publicized the measles outbreak after visitors and workers in California contracted … Continue Reading

House Focuses on Public Health, 21st Century Cures, and VA; Senate HELP Committee Organizes and Considers Employer Wellness Programs

Legislative Activity House Energy And Commerce Committee To Consider Public Health Bills; 21st Century Cures Draft Legislation Expected Soon On Tuesday, January 27, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health will take its first look at public health legislation for the 114th Congress. Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) has announced that the … Continue Reading

EPA Clean Power Plan Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Report Released on Recommendations for Chemical Facility Safety

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Clean Power Plan” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from existing power plants will fundamentally shift the nation’s energy economy for generations to come. Broadly speaking, the proposal would require state governments to implement plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from existing power plants by … Continue Reading
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