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Pfizer Seeks Paxlovid Approval, Which Could Open Sales To Private Market

Pfizer applied Thursday (June 30) for FDA approval of its oral coronavirus antiviral Paxlovid for use in patients at high-risk of severe illness, regardless of vaccination status -- a request that if granted would let Pfizer start advertising the drug and sell it on the private market.

FDA: COVID-19 Boosters Should Include Omicron BA.4, BA.5 Subvariants

Admin To Buy 105M Doses Of Pfizer’s Updated COVID-19 Shot For Fall

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The number of children enrolled in health insurance has increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent report from the Urban Institute found, but that could change if pandemic-era policies are allowed to expire.

Maternal health advocates say passing mandatory one-year Medicaid postpartum coverage is now a matter of life-and-death for women of child-bearing age since the Supreme Court removed national abortion protections last week when it overturned Roe v. Wade, and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) is pushing to get such coverage included in Democrats’ emerging skinny reconciliation legislation.

The Biden administration on Thursday (June 30) made available several resources to help the health sector transition to clean energy and reduce emissions and urged more health care stakeholders to participate in the administration’s climate response initiative, coming the same day the Supreme Court issued an opinion that restricts the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions produced by power plants.

The National Kidney Foundation is deeply concerned that the Supreme Court’s ruling on dialysis coverage will severely impact patients’ access to care for end stage renal disease as private plans are given the opportunity to reduce their reimbursement rates, and the group is now doubling down on its push for Medigap expansion legislation and other policies that protect affordable dialysis care.

Democratic senators and governors are pressing congressional leaders to jumpstart their stalled plan to extend the enhanced Affordable Care Act subsidies that expire at the end of the year in order to avoid premium hikes and a coverage gap as the Congressional Budget Office predicts that, absent congressional action, the enrollment boosts due to those higher subsidies won’t completely dissipate until 2024.

The Supreme Court’s just-issued decision restricting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act authority to regulate power-sector greenhouse gases is elevating the importance of the judicial “major questions” doctrine, which imposes strict scrutiny on agency rulemaking.

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday (June 30) approved a $124.2 billion fiscal 2023 spending bill for HHS that increases funding for many key health programs.