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Freedom Caucus Pushes Long-Term CR-Sequester If Johnson Can’t Secure Policy Wins

As Congress again approaches the precipice of a government shutdown, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are telling House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) they would prefer a long-term continuing resolution (CR) forcing a sequester and across-the-board cuts to most domestic funding over another short-term CR with the intention of finishing appropriations work if they can’t secure partisan policy wins on issues including abortion and biosecurity.

Focus On Drug Affordability Boards

Colorado PDAB Takes Precedent-Setting Steps That Could Spur Suits

Colorado’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board voted Friday (Feb. 16) that Amgen’s Enbrel, used to treat various forms of arthritis and psoriasis, is “unaffordable,” and that Gilead Sciences’ Genvoya, a medication for HIV, was “not unaffordable.”

Colorado PDAB Decisions Highlight Differing State Drug Board Structures

2024 May Test Success Of State Drug Affordability Boards

Colorado Weighs Bill Nixing Orphan Drugs From PDAB Review

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The National Association of ACOs and the American Health Care Association on Wednesday (Feb 21) released a set of recommendations the groups say would increase long-term and post-acute care providers’ participation in accountable care organizations (ACOs).

FDA is looking for regulatory flexibilities to help support medical supply chain resiliency, officials told Inside Health Policy at a conference hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Wednesday (Feb. 21).

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy Financing has done nothing to address concerns that the redesign of its long-term services and supports case management system is putting beneficiaries with disabilities at risk of losing Medicaid coverage, the National Health Law Program and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy say in a complaint to federal agencies in which they allege the state is violating the disabilities law and demand immediate action before the state rolls out its next phase of the transition on March 1.

A source tells Inside Health Policy that lawmakers have nailed down part of the Medicaid provisions for a forthcoming health care package, and behavioral health advocates are speculating it will contain several of their major priorities, including Medicaid requirements for justice-involved beneficiaries and making permanent the SUPPORT Act’s state plan amendment option to circumvent the so-called IMD exclusion.