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IRA Heads To President; CMS Prepares For Historic Drug Price Negotiation

The House Friday (Aug. 12) teed up Democrats’ long-sought drug-pricing reforms for President Joe Biden’s signature, after which CMS will start putting the pieces together to negotiate Medicare drug prices.

Related Document: Reactions To House Passage Of Reconciliation Bill

ARP Extension Heads To Biden’s Desk Days Before QHP Filings Due

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WH Eyes Medicaid 1115 Waivers For Interstate Abortion Within Hyde Limits

The White House is considering using Medicaid 1115 waivers to establish federal support for people living in abortion-hostile states who seek access to abortion and other reproductive care elsewhere, which a CMS official told Inside Health Policy could expand access to care for Medicaid enrollees whose pregnancies are the result of rape or incest, or whose lives are at risk.

GOP Hones Abortion Language; IN Enacts Strict Ban; MN Court Hears Emergency Contraception Case

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As CDC Drops Some COVID Precautions, Jha Points To Future Of Next-Gen Vaccines

Repeated booster shots and next-generation vaccines that protect against new variants will be the best way to decrease COVID-19 cases, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines that loosen some recommendations for preventing contagion while suggesting congregate settings like long-term care facilities might want to continue testing asymptomatic individuals.

FDA Recommends Repeated COVID-19 Testing To Avoid False Negatives

Nursing Homes Ask HHS To Extend PHE Beyond October

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Two lawmakers who co-chaired a major commission on cybersecurity are urging HHS to protect the health care industry from cyber threats through increasing information sharing, and to provide an explanation on current mechanisms in place.

House lawmakers from both parties are holding discussions with key senators in a bid to create momentum for the upper chamber to pass in September broad bipartisan mental health legislation that cleared the House in June.

The American Clinical Laboratory Association launched a “Stop Lab Cuts” campaign aimed at heading off Medicare laboratory payment cuts by pressing lawmakers to pass lab pay system reform legislation by the end of the year.

More than three out of four community pharmacists are swamped by a staffing shortage they say is worsened by inflation and causing them to struggle to maintain their businesses, according to a new survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association.

A European data law that went into effect in 2018 has hindered FDA’s ability to do in-person inspections and remote regulatory assessments and to review data remotely during the pandemic, and the agency is concerned the law will have even broader consequences for clinical trial data sharing, adverse event reporting and medical product applications, Heather Messick, regulatory counsel for FDA’s drug center, wrote Tuesday (Aug. 9).

More than 100 public health, tobacco control and medical organizations from around the world are calling on a United Nations human rights panel to recommend the United States remove menthol from all tobacco products without loopholes, and ban tobacco advertising targeted at racial minority groups.

The House Rules Committee late Wednesday cleared Democrats’ reconciliation package for a floor vote Friday (Aug. 12) with three hours of debate and no points of order -- the last step to bringing the party’s signature health care, climate change and deficit reduction package to President Joe Biden’s desk.