Tag: Congress

McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: March 02, 2020

CORONAVIRUS SPREADS TO POLITICS.

  • The Coronavirus is Taking Over Washington. Last week, the coronavirus became the focal point for Congress, the Administration and the general public. The growing attent...

    McDermottPlus Healthcare Preview: January 21, 2020

    Health Care Priorities in Congress are on Pause.  

    • Impeachment and the Senate. Last week the House sent two articles of impeachment to the Senate. Following that, the Senate began its procedu...

      McDermottPlus Health Care Preview: September 17, 2019

      The Government Funding Deadline is Quickly Approaching… Congress Has Two Weeks to Address Government Funding. Last week, we expected that the Senate Appropriations Committee would mark up of four fiscal year ...

      McDermottPlus Health Care Preview: September 9, 2019

      They’re Back….  Congress Is Back in Session. The first thing on Congress’ to-do list is to address government funding. With only three weeks to fund the government before a potential shutdown, Congress n...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 24, 2019

      This Week’s Dose: We saw a flurry of activity this week related to drug pricing, surprise billing, cost containment and tobacco as lawmakers worked through their to-do list ahead of the Memo...

      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: May 3, 2019

      This Week’s Dose: Lots of activity surrounding single-payer this week with a hearing, the introduction of two Medicare expansion bills and a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)...

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      They’re back… Congress is back from recess and now heads into a four week work stretch. The next four weeks will be important to watch for progress on legislation. A numb...

      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: March 22, 2019

      This Week’s Diagnosis: Recess usually means a light week. This one is no different. Congress PBMs Will Get Their Day…Just a ...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 8, 2019

      This Week’s Diagnosis: Hearings, hearings and more hearings. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down. Budget talks heat up. Congress<...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 1, 2019

      This Week’s Diagnosis: Congress gets busy. Pharmaceutical CEOs testify and emerge unscathed. The Administration is quiet. Congress

      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: February 1, 2019

      This Week’s Diagnosis: Government reopens…for at least three weeks. Congress is full steam ahead, kicking off the 116th with health care hearings on drug pricing and pre-existin...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 18, 2019

      Congress Shutdown Stalemate. Over the past two weeks, the Democratic-controlled House has voted to fund the federal agencies affected by the shutdown. There have been short- ...

      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 14, 2018

      This Week’s Diagnosis: President Trump clashed with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a meeting this week about how to keep the g...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 7, 2018

      This Week’s Diagnosis: Memorial services for President George H.W. Bush were held this week in Washington, DC and Texas. No agreement has been reached on border wall funding, which means Mem...

      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 16, 2018

      This Week’s Diagnosis: Newly elected congressional members were welcomed to Washington this week, while currently serving members returned for a brief, but important post-election lame duck ...

      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 19, 2018

      This Week’s Diagnoses: All eyes are on the midterm election, now less than three weeks away.  The House and Senate are out; the Administration continues to release health-related regulation...

      McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 28, 2018

      This Week’s Diagnosis: Consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination dominated airtime in the Senate this week, but the House stayed on-task, pushing through a number of health-related bills. <...

      McDermottPlus Check-up: September 14, 2018

      This Week’s Diagnosis: The House and Senate cancelled scheduled votes this week in anticipation of Hurricane Florence making landfall on the East Coast. The cancellations included a bipartis...