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The White House revealed Friday (Jan. 30) that its 2016 budget will include $215 million for the president's new Precision Medicine Initiative, including $10 million for FDA to beef up its expertise and databases to support a new regulatory structure that both spurs innovation in precision medicine and protects public health

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President Barack Obama pledged Friday (Jan. 30) to include $5 million in his 2016 budget request to support the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's efforts around interoperability as the ONC simultaneously unveiled a draft roadmap including a goal of allowing individuals and providers to send, receive, find and use a common set of electronic clinical information nationally by the end of 2017.

The chairs of the House committees of jurisdiction have launched a working group tasked with developing a replacement plan for the ACA as well as a contingency plan should the high court invalidate the federal exchange subsidies, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Friday (Jan. 30).

When President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request debuts on Monday (Feb. 2), congressional appropriators hope to see an update on how CMS works to prevent improper payments and correctly pay claims the first time, according to language in last year’s Labor/HHS spending bill.

Insurance advocates, hospital groups, unions, public health experts and others on Wednesday (Jan. 28) filed friend-of-court briefs defending premium tax credits in the federally-operated marketplace, joining consumer advocates and lawmakers who crafted versions of the Affordable Care Act in opposition to the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell ahead of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in March.

The Center for American Progress (CAP) on Thursday (Jan. 29) threw cold water on the idea that Congress would take legislative action if the Supreme Court rules against the administration in King v. Burwell, noting that the Congressional Budget Office would have to score the impact of a decision invalidating federal subsides accessed through Healthcare.gov.

House Republicans plan to reintroduce last year’s Sustainable Growth Rate replacement bill soon, and the House Office of Legislative Counsel is reviewing the bill, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) said Wednesday (Jan. 28) at a Brookings Institution event.

CMS is considering shortening the so-called meaningful use of electronic health record reporting period for 2015, alongside other changes to the program, in a planned proposed rule to update Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use, the agency announced in a blog Thursday (Jan. 29).

Proposals to provide additional resources, including funds for the National Institutes of Health, are still on the table for the House 21st Century Cures draft bill, according to a congressional aide familiar with the issue.