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What We Know and What We Don't Know About the New Trump Administration

The traditional frenetic pace of activity in Washington, D.C., following a presidential election has begun in earnest as transition teams are formed for each federal agency, resumes for the 1,300 newly vacant positions are...more

Capitol Hill Update

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate last week would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to alert the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) before increasing prices more than 10 percent, continuing...more

Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, Ready for House Floor Consideration

After months of delays, on June 15, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, by a vote of 53 to 0. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) originally introduced the...more

States Move Forward with Auto-IRA Programs: What’s Next for the Feds?

As the nation continues to struggle with the retirement preparedness gap, policymakers are exploring proposals to require employers that do not offer retirement plans to automatically enroll employees in Individual Retirement...more

Taking on the Retirement Gap: Bipartisan Interest Grows in Open MEPs

As the U.S. continues to grapple with the retirement preparedness gap, policymakers on both sides of the aisle are increasingly focused on facilitating access to retirement plans. In the last few years, policy proposals...more

House of Representatives Approves Mental Health System Reform Bill

The House of Representative has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill (H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act) to reform the nation’s mental health care system. Key provisions of the legislation...more

Medical Device Updates: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Practice Trends

Data and Analytics — FDA’s Post-market Surveillance Data Proposals Press Forward - FDA’s National Evaluation System for Health Technology, or NEST, as FDA calls it, is quickly gaining traction as one of the...more

Senate HELP Committee Completes Work on Bipartisan “Cures”/Medical Innovation Legislation

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has approved the last of its biomedical innovation bills that form its counterpart to the House 21st Century Cures Act. Together with the bills cleared by the...more

Senate HELP Committee Approves Mental Health Reform, Public Health Bills

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently approved the following health policy bills: - ..S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 — to improve coordination between federal agencies...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: MedPAC votes on changes in Part D... Senate HELP Committee reports five “Cures” bills... One report shows uninsured number decreasing... Another says, but we still need the safety net. ...more

Senate HELP Committee Convenes Third and Final Cures Markup

On April 6, 2016 the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold its third and final markup for its biomedical innovations package. This package is a compliment to the House-passed 21st Century...more

Blog: Washington Update: Senate proceeds towards “Cures”; CMS releases MA rates and Call Letter

Health care policy issues continue to stream out of Congress and the Administration. The Senate held a markup of various health bills as part of its effort to produce a companion to the House of Representatives-passed 21st...more

Health Care Update - April 2016

FDA Reform Tops Spring Work Period Agenda - The next work period basically runs from April 4 to May 27, with a both chambers adjourning for a week long recess the week of May 2nd. Following this work period, there will...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The House of Representatives and the Senate were on recess…but it was not quiet on the health care front! 1. Congress - House of Representatives - House, Senate Democrats Want NIH to Bring Down...more

Washington, D.C. Update – March 2016

With only a handful of items currently active on the House and Senate agendas, FY17 appropriations legislation is the major legislative game in town. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are moving forward with...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Medicaid program takes financial hits as the House looks for “savers” and acts on a budget... while the Senate sees no reason to do a budget... The Senate focuses on ACA oversight and mental health and opioid abuse...more

Senate HELP Committee Approves Additional Biomedical Innovation Bills

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved seven bills this month that are intended to promote biomedical innovation, building on legislation approved by the panel in February....more

Senate Help Committee Eyes Mental Health, Substance Use Package

This morning, the Senate HELP Committee will hold an executive session regarding the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, a comprehensive mental health package negotiated in part by the Senate HELP Committee and the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Drug pricing remains a focus as CMS rolls out a demonstration project for Part B drugs... The Senate passes The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and Senate Cures legislation moves forward... Senate...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The President took a victory lap in Wisconsin, announcing that 20 million people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act... That figure includes people newly covered through insurance...more

Health Care Update - March 2016

Senate HELP Committee Set for Second Mark Up on Cures Effort - This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hold its second legislative mark-up on its counterpart to the...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings - February 2016

Several Congressional committees have held hearings recently on health policy issues, including: ..A House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on the Medicaid and CHIP Federal Medical Assistance Percentage...more

CFPB invites comments on “Application Process for Designation of Rural Area under Federal Consumer Financial Law”

As we previously addressed, the CFPB issued a final rule to expand the definition of “rural areas” under Regulation Z with regard to the authority of small creditors to make certain qualified mortgage loans under the ability...more

Senate HELP Committee Clears Bipartisan Biomedical Innovation, Health IT Bills

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has approved several bipartisan health policy bills, including health information technology (HIT) legislation and bills aimed at spurring biomedical...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The president’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 came out Tuesday... the House and Senate Budget Committees broke with tradition and did not hold hearings on the proposed budget... Please see the special Budget...more

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