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Washington Update, October 31, 2019

Not all cooperation between the political parties has ceased in DC. During recent days, the House passed five health bills applauded by both Democrats and Republicans. These bills address the pediatric health care workforce, the nursing workforce, and palliative care....

Washington Update, October 24, 2019

Not a whole lot is new on the health front this week, except that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released data showing that health insurance premiums have come down and the number of health plan choices has gone up. (See the ACA section, below.)...

Washington Update, October 17, 2019

Congress returned from a two-week recess on October 15. It now must develop and pass appropriations to keep the government funded past November 21. Still under consideration is legislation to address surprise medical bills and prescription drug costs, although it is...

Washington Update, October 9, 2019

Congress is still in recess, and will return on October 15. Outstanding issues to tackle when they get back include appropriations to keep the government funded past November 21, and legislation to address surprise medical bills and prescription drug costs. It is not...

Washington Update October 3, 2019

Not a lot happened during the past week in Washington…with respect to health care, that is.  The president signed the Autism CARES Act but, otherwise, policymakers and politicos have been preoccupied with other matters (i.e., the impeachment inquiry), which may...

Washington Update September 25, 2019

The big news from last week: Congress has passed the Autism CARES Act, and it is expected to be signed by the president. More good news: the US Customs and Immigration Services has decided to continue processing medical “deferred action” requests, which will make it...

Washington Update September 18, 2019

Congress came back from its August recess last week and is working to develop legislation on surprise medical bills and prescription drug prices, among other things. While the Washington Update was on recess, the administration issued its final rule on the “public...

Washington Update, August 9, 2019

SPECIAL BULLETIN:  The 5-year funding extension for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers is now law! Greetings from Washington! GREAT NEWS! The president has signed the bill that extends funding for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) for five...

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