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Trump Tells Senate To Fix Health Care As DOJ Pulls Support For ACA

President Donald Trump told Senate Republicans that the Department of Justice’s call for a federal court to scrap the Affordable Care Act provides an opportunity for Congress to improve health care, but Senate Republicans seemed unsure of that and expressed confusion over the administration's shifting stance.

House Dems Release Bill To Bolster ACA Amid DOJ Intent To Repeal

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FDA has pegged the development of blood pathogen detection technology a “critical priority” to reduce the cost of blood screenings, improve safety of the blood supply and increase the donor pool, outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and biologics center director Peter Marks say in a Tuesday (March 26) statement.

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, has settled with the state of Oklahoma for $270 million in the state’s opioid litigation against multiple opioid makers over their allegedly deceptive marketing practices.

The federal government says cutting the pay rates for clinic visits at certain off-campus hospital outpatient facilities is well within CMS’ authority, and the law exempting those facilities from other site-neutral payments doesn’t limit CMS’ ability to change the pay rates for services to control volume.

House Democrats repeatedly asked how the Trump administration would meet its goals of eradicating new HIV transmissions by 2030 if the proposed budget would cut $1.3 trillion from the Medicaid program.

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) praised proposed rules from the CMS and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on interoperability, but questioned whether the rules may be pushing too fast after a number of groups have sought more time to comment -- a request CMS does not intend to grant, according to the agency.

The Louisiana Department of Health picked Gilead subsidiary Asegua Therapeutics to fulfill its first-in-the nation subscription model to provide hepatitis C drugs to state Medicaid and corrections populations, the department announced Tuesday (March 26).

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act would cause the uninsured rate to increase by at least 65 percent and cause the amount of uncompensated care to grow by at least 82 percent, according to a new study by the Urban Institute.

The Department of Justice on Monday (March 25) told the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that it now agrees with District Judge Reed O'Connor’s Dec. 14 decision that the ACA’s individual mandate is no longer valid and therefore the entire Affordable Care Act, which included major reforms to the insurance market and Medicaid and established the biosimilars market, should be thrown out.

House Democrats on Tuesday will introduce sweeping legislation that aims to make the exchange plans more affordable by expanding tax credits, increasing funding for Affordable Care Act outreach and education, and reversing Trump administration rules that could weaken the marketplace, but does not address the cost-sharing reduction subsidies, according to a draft version obtained by Inside Health Policy Monday night.