This Week’s Diagnosis: The Senate was working in full force this week. The House is back next week for what is rumored to be the last session week until the election.
Chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), has publicly expressed his desire to wrap up negotiations with the House today in order to give the House time to pass the bill when it returns next week. (Rumors are that, barring a shutdown, the House is looking to leave D.C. and head back to the campaign trail as soon as possible.) This is a tall order, but that does not mean that it can’t be done.
As we mentioned last week, a similar measure passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (HR 6733 includes the gag clause, but not the biosimilars provisions). Expect a reconciled bill to move through both chambers soon.
Next Week’s Dose
The Senate HELP Committee will hold the next hearing in its series on cost, “Improving Affordability Through Innovation” on September 27, 2018.
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