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CMS Revokes Trump Admin’s 10-Year Extension Of Texas 1115 Waiver

CMS Friday (April 16) revoked an 11th-hour move by the Trump administration to grant Texas a 10-year extension of its 1115 waiver that includes federal funding for the state’s uncompensated care funding pool that reimburses hospitals for caring for the uninsured.

CMS Grants Georgia's And Missouri's Postpartum Coverage Extensions

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HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra assured House appropriators he would seek input from stakeholders before implementing a surprise billing fix, after Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) raised concerns the department could issue an interim final rule to implement the No Surprises Act and skip gathering feedback.

Several House Republicans said at a hearing Wednesday (April 14) that Congress should pass legislation to either extend or make permanent the Schedule 1 classification for fentanyl-related substances, while some Democrats touted an opposing bill that would use harm-reduction strategies to tackle the fentanyl crisis.

Destined for the president’s signature are two bipartisan bills that aim to boost generic and biosimilar competition by restricting eligibility for drug exclusivity and by increasing confidence in biosimilars.

The House on Wednesday (April 14) passed a bipartisan bill that will require food makers declare sesame as an allergen on their food labels. The bill, which cleared the Senate in March, now heads to the president’s desk.

FDA, HHS and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Tuesday (April 13) filed a joint motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit requesting the court put a hold on ACOG’s lawsuit against FDA in light of the agency’s recent decision to temporarily lift the in-person prescribing and dispensing requirements for abortion medication mifepristone.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), ranking member and former chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, won’t run for re-election in 2022, he said on Tuesday, announcing his 13th term will be his last.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday discussed with labor leaders a proposed waiver of some World Trade Organization rules on intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, USTR said in a readout.

Information blocking rules that went into effect last Monday (April 5) are causing confusion among providers due to lack of guidance from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, health IT stakeholders say.