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McDermottPlus Check-Up: September 6, 2019

The Recess Dose: With the August recess wrapping up, we are back at the McDermottPlus Weekly Check-Up. Here’s what you may have missed over the break.

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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 don’t totally check out just yet.

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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 executive order this week, continuing the Administration’s focus on health care transparency.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 21, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Three weeks down, one week to go in this work period. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is moving forward with its cost containment legislation, and the House passed the first batch of health care extenders.

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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 how it packages and advances prescription drug bills that have moved through the House.

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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). Hearings and markups of drug pricing bills continue as well. This legislative session is off to a busy start.

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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 plenty to talk about (and work on) while Congress is in recess.

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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.

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Analyzing the President’s FY 2020 Budget: Key HHS Proposals

On March 11, 2019, the White House released its FY 2020 budget proposal. In the area of health care, the president has requested $87.1 billion in discretionary budget authority for HHS, which represents a 12 percent decrease from the 2019 estimated level. Read on for key HHS proposal highlights.

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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.

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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 CEOs from the largest drug manufacturers to testify.  

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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-existing conditions. The US Department of Health and Human Services focuses on 2019 priorities.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 18, 2019

This Week’s Diagnoses: Shutdown enters historic territory. Prescription drug costs emerge as a priority issue for the 116th Congress. Committee assignments are almost complete.

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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, which has shifted the focus of the new Congress away from overarching health priorities and toward continued efforts to reopen the government.

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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 government’s lights on. The President threatened to shut down the government on December 21, when the current short-term funding agreement expires, if his request for…

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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 Members may be here through at least December 21.

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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 three positions.

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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.

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HHS Request for Information on Formation of Health Care Innovators and Investors Workgroup

On June 7, 2018, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register regarding formation of a workgroup to encourage investment and innovation in health care. The RFI provides investors and innovative companies in health care with an opportunity to engage with the HHS to…

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