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HHS Secretary Nominee Azar to Face Senate HELP Committee after Thanksgiving

by Reed Smith on

President Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, which would fill the vacancy created when Tom Price, MD resigned the post in September. Mr. Azar, an attorney who previously served in...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – November 2017 #2

It’s all about tax reform in Congress. This week, the House will be working on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and advancing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will go before the House Rules Committee on...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies - October 2017 #4

As the calendar turns to November, pressure continues to grow in Congress to pass a CHIP package. The relevant House and Senate committees each passed different versions of CHIP, and finding payfors continue to be the main...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies - October 2017 #2

The Administration’s actions last week to disrupt the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marks a new chapter in the Republican repeal effort. The cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) that plans receive to cover lower-income individuals will...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – October 2017 #1

With the FY2017 reconciliation instructions behind us, we look ahead to what is left in store for health care between now and the end of the calendar year. While Secretary Price’s departure was expected, what he leaves behind...more

Hearings for EEOC Nominees Highlight Potential Shifts in EEOC Policy and Agenda

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

On September 19, 2017, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee held confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominees to fill the two vacant Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or...more

Another Senate Showdown: Vote Expected on Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill

by King & Spalding on

With the Fiscal Year 2017 budget reconciliation instructions expiring on Saturday, September 30, the Senate is making one last push to consider Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace legislation drafted by Senators...more

One Last Attempt at ACA Repeal/Replace, or Pivot to Market Stabilization Bill?

by King & Spalding on

While enthusiasm for pursing another vote on ACA repeal and replace in the Senate appears to have dimmed, hopes for repeal have not yet been extinguished. At the same time, a bipartisan group of Senators is working on a...more

Senate HELP Committee to Examine Ways to Stabilize Individual Health Insurance Markets

by Reed Smith on

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is holding a series of hearings in September 2017 to focus on “actions Congress should take to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance markets.”...more

Healthcare Legislation Outlook and Update

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Below is a summary of recent U.S. Senate action on healthcare legislation and our outlook regarding coming issues and possible actions. Holland & Knight's Healthcare & Life Sciences Team will follow up as developments...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017 #4

Following the dramatic conclusion of the failed vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it appears the Senate will pivot to other issues, namely the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). However, the...more

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Schedules Confirmation Hearing For National Labor Relations Board Nominees

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has announced that it will hold a committee hearing on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 9:30 AM, to consider the nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to...more

Healthcare Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – June 2017 #3

Welcome back everybody. In general, this week insurers will submit their applications for participating in the Marketplace for 2018. After this we will begin to find out where the insurance deserts are and how much rates will...more

Healthcare Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – June 2017 #2

As the temperature rises in D.C. so does the temperature dial in the Senate. We’re entering week two of the June work period and the timeline for a Senate - version of the AHCA is still unclear. The work is ongoing, and while...more

Congressional Panels Tackle FDA Reauthorization Act and Other Health Policy Issues

by Reed Smith on

On May 11, 2017, the Senate on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved S 934, a bill extend Food and Drug Administration user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and...more

Blog: User Fee Act Legislation Introduced Free of Controversial Issues…for the Time Being

by Cooley LLP on

Recently, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee introduced a bipartisan discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration’s...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Although House Republicans made progress on bridging ideological differences over how to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), GOP leaders say not to expect a vote this week as Congress faces a more immediate deadline: The...more

Alert: DeVos One Step Closer to Department of Education, But Questions Remain

by Cooley LLP on

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted along party lines to forward the nomination of Betsy DeVos to the full Senate. The vote was 12-11 in favor of moving the nomination. Republicans...more

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

by Baker Donelson on

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?

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by Mintz Levin on

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

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