Biden: 30 Million Eligible For Affordable Internet Program Haven’t Enrolled

About 30 million Americans are eligible for reductions in the cost of high-speed internet that they have not yet claimed, President Joe Biden said in remarks at the White House Monday (May 9), citing accessible telehealth as one of the reasons affordable internet is so important. The administration hopes to boost use of the discounts by partnering with 20 internet providers and setting up a bilingual hotline for potential enrollees. The administration also is working to promote competition among internet...
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Marks: FDA May Accept Lower Efficacy For Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines

FDA biologics center Director Peter Marks recently told lawmakers the agency might accept less than 50% efficacy for COVID-19 vaccines for kids, especially if the vaccines mirror the efficacy for adult vaccines, coming as the agency faces pressure to authorize a vaccine for children under the age of 5 and as parents of young children grow increasingly frustrated with the lack of protection for kids. Rising COVID-19 case numbers are pushing FDA to move as quickly as possible, Marks said...
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Abortion Debate Adds To Difficulty Of Returning To Drug Pricing Legislation

The debate over abortion will dominate Congress this week and possibly into midterm elections, which lobbyists say will further scramble Democrats’ agenda and take away time the party might have spent on budget reconciliation and the government drug price controls that package would almost surely contain. The budget reconciliation bill has been on the back burner for about half a year since Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) scuttled what was then called Build Back Better. Democrats continue to talk about wanting...
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Inside Drug Pricing - 05/09/2022
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WTO Members Welcome IP Waiver Text, But Punt On Detailed Talks

Friday (May 6) marked the first time World Trade Organization members could voice their reactions to a newly released compromise proposal for a waiver of some WTO intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, but while they largely welcomed the momentum sparked by the new text, most said they would outline their views at a later date following further domestic consultations. The proposal was put forward last Tuesday by WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala following high-level negotiations among four key members: The...
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Advocates On Alert For Some States To Do Quick Medicaid Renewals Post PHE

Medicaid plans are watching which states intend to complete their Medicaid renewals faster than in the allotted 14 months once the public health emergency ends, as doing it too quickly could overwhelm state Medicaid staff with redeterminations and lead to some Medicaid beneficiaries losing their coverage despite being eligible. Meanwhile, one Medicaid beneficiary advocate has strongly urged the Biden administration to publicly release data on call center wait times and use that as an indicator for when a state is...
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Health Exchange Alert Weekly Report - 05/11/2022
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Advocates Cheer WH, Congress’ Interest In Medicaid In Schools Program

Children’s health advocates are encouraged by recent conversations in Congress and the White House about expanding access to mental health services in schools as interest has increased in a program that reimburses schools for treating Medicaid-enrolled students, though only 17 states have taken advantage of it so far due to a lack of updated guidance. CMS clarified in 2014 that Medicaid can reimburse schools for treating any Medicaid-enrolled student, not just those with disabilities. While advocates like the Healthy Schools...
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