Tag: ACA

McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 18, 2020

This Week’s Dose: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing to discuss possible extensions of temporary telehealth flexibilities, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalize...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 29, 2020

This Week’s Dose: Negotiations over the coronavirus (COVID-19) response continued in the Senate with Democrats releasing a new proposal on health coverage expansion. The Trump A...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 15, 2020

This Week’s Dose:  House Democrats introduced a $3 trillion coronavirus (COVID-19) relief bill, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released annual upd...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 1, 2020

This Week’s Dose: The Senate announced it will reconvene next week, and the Administration issued new coronavirus (COVID-19) testing guidelines. The Centers for Medicare and...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 10, 2020

This Week’s Dose: The Administration distributed the first wave of funding from the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services emergency fund, provided through the Coron...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 06, 2020

This Week’s Dose: Congress authorized supplemental funding to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as the Administration works to speed diagnostic testing. The US Supreme Court announce...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 28, 2020

This Week’s Dose: The Administration requested emergency funding to fight the coronavirus epidemic, and US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the Pres...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 14, 2020

This Week’s Dose: House committees advanced legislation to address surprise billing, and the White House released the President’s budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021.

McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 07, 2020

This Week’s Dose: The House Ways and Means and Education and Labor committees released information on their surprise billing proposals, and President Trump delivered the State of the Union o...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 31, 2020

This Week’s Dose: The House of Representatives returned from recess to continue work on legislation to address surprise medical bills and high drug costs, while the Administration unveiled a...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 24, 2020

This Week’s Dose: It was a relatively quiet week in Washington with the House of Representatives in recess and the Senate enmeshed in the impeachment trial. Activity is sure to pick up as so...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 17, 2020

This Week’s Dose: The House of Representatives voted to formally present the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, kicking off the trial phase of the impeachment pr...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 10, 2020

This Week’s Dose: Congress is back in session following the holiday recess, though the exact Senate schedule remains uncertain as lawmakers negotiate the details of President Trump’s impea...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 20, 2019

This Week’s Dose: The 2019 legislative session has come to an end. Lawmakers reached a deal to fund the government through fiscal year (FY) 2020, the House of Representatives impeached Presi...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 13, 2019

This Week’s Dose: House Democrats passed a sweeping drug pricing reform package and key House and Senate committees announced a surprise billing deal. ...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 25, 2019

This Week’s Dose: The House Ways and Means Committee completed its markup of H.R. 3, but floor consideration was pushed until mid-November. Seema Verma appeared before the House Energy and ...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: August 2, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Things have quieted down in Congress with the House out of session and the Senate wrapping up its last week before the August recess. But the agencies are still at work, so...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 19, 2019

This Week’s Dose: The Energy and Commerce Committee held a marathon mark-up of 25 bills, including 10 health care related bills. The No Surprises Act received an amendment that adds arbitrat...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 12, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Congress is back for the final legislative session before the August recess, and it’s all about what can get done ahead of the break. House and Senate committees have alr...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 28, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Lots of movement in Congress ahead of the Fourth of July recess with the House and Senate both advancing a number of health care bills. President Trump also signed an execu...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 14, 2019

This Week’s Dose: The focus was back on surprise billing this week with the third hearing of the year. We also saw hearings on Medicare for All and vertical consolidation in the health care ...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 17, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Drug pricing remains in the spotlight, but lawmakers also introduced legislation focused on surprise billing and coinsurance. Congres...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 10, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Another busy week for prescription drug pricing. Two more hearings took place on the subject, and a handful of bills passed out of the House. Now we watch the Senate to see...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 26, 2019

This Week’s Dose: When Congress is away, the agencies will play. The Administration made some major announcements and dropped several new important rules this week, giving stakeholders plent...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 12, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Drug pricing continues to be the focus in Congress with multiple hearings and markups on the subject. So far, lowering drug prices remains a rare area of consensus among la...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 5, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Health care continues to dominate much of the attention on Capitol Hill. Lots of hearings. New coverage expansion legislation. And more state action on Medicaid. <...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 29, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Congress is back and busy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) dominates the headlines. Congress Democrats Release...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 15, 2019

This Week’s Diagnosis: Congress passed a $328 billion spending package to avert another government shutdown.  President Trump is expected to sign it.  Congressional hearings continue to fo...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 8, 2019

This Week’s Dose: The State of the Union briefly highlighted a few Administration health initiatives. The House continues its focus on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate is pressuring...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 11, 2019

This Week’s Diagnosis: Welcome back – sort of. The partial federal government shutdown drags on. We are on day 21 with no end in sight...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 21, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: Time is ticking for any deal to avoid any partial government shutdown. It is the only thing holding up adjournment. Congress

McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 30, 2018

This Week’s Diagnoses: Welcome back! Members are back in town for a sprint to the finish. Controversy over the House Democratic leadership elections fizzled, with the same faces in the top t...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 9, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: Was the election only four days ago? Tuesday brought change to Congress. While a handful of races have yet to be called, Democrats will take charge of the House of Rep...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: November 2, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: While members of Congress are touting the passage of the opioid package on the campaign trail, the Administration continued releasing a series of significant health po...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 26, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: The Administration remains active with the issuance of several new guidance documents, the drug pricing announcement and the President (finally) signing the bipartisan...

McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 5, 2018

This Week’s Diagnosis: The Senate continues to chug along with hearings, opioids and judicial nominees. All is quiet in DC on the House side – members are in their home districts campaigni...