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Analyzing the President’s FY 2021 Budget: Key HHS Proposals

On February 10, 2020, the White House released its $4.8 trillion FY 2021 budget proposal. In the area of healthcare, the president requested $94.5 billion in discretionary budget authority for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which represents a 10% decrease from the 2020 enacted level.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 07, 2020

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 on the eve of the Senate’s vote to acquit him in the impeachment trial.

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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: 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: 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 session.

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Election Results Bring Change in Health Priorities

Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives in January 2019. Republicans will retain control of the Senate, widening their margin slightly. Split control of Congress will have important consequences for healthcare policy.  This article takes a closer look at how the election is likely to impact the health policy agenda.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: October 12, 2018

With midterms less than one month away, it is relatively quiet around Washington, DC. The Senate completed its work on Thursday and now joins the House in recess until after the midterm elections.

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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 campaigning for re-election.

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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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McDermottPlus Check-up: September 7, 2018

McDermott+Consulting is pleased to introduce the McDermottPlus Check-up, your regular update on healthcare policy from Washington, D.C.

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