Biden Seeks $30B To Make Prototype Vaccines, Speed Pandemic Response

The Biden administration on Wednesday (March 31) unveiled a proposal to invest $30 billion over a four-year period in U.S. pandemic preparedness and response efforts that include shoring up the Strategic National Stockpile, developing and fielding tests and therapeutics for emerging outbreaks, and developing prototype vaccines through phase 1 and 2 trials. The proposal is part of President Joe Biden’s larger infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan, which aims to invest in research and development and revitalize American manufacturing, among...
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Biden Jobs Plan Would Invest Billions In Care Economy, Grow Home Care

President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan would extend the Money Follows the Person program to expand access to home- and community-based care, according to briefing notes released by the Biden administration Tuesday night (March 30). As of press time, the White House had not responded to questions about how long the extension would last. The plan, to be unveiled by Biden Wednesday (March 31), would invest $400 billion in the so-called care economy. An administration official said the plan would...
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Bicameral Group Of Democrats Reintroduce Public Option Bill

A bicameral group of Democrats reinserted another version of the public option into the mix, reintroducing a bill that would require HHS to create a public option to complete on the individual market. The bill also would allow HHS to negotiate drug prices and provider reimbursement rates. The Consumer Health Options and Insurance Competition Enhancement (CHOICE) Act was introduced by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and the Sherrod Brown (D-OH) along with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) on Friday (March 26). Whitehouse...
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CMS Holds Claims With Expectation Congress Will Avert Sequester Cuts

CMS will hold Medicare claims “for a short period” after April 1 so that providers don’t see the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts go into effect before lawmakers take final action to extend the moratorium on those cuts. “In anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the 2% sequester reduction suspension, we instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period without affecting providers’ cash flow,”...
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Eshoo, Krishnamoorthi Eye CRA To Toss Out Trump-HHS SUNSET Rule

Key House Democrats on Tuesday (March 30) introduced a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to scrap a now-postponed Trump-era rule that, if allowed to go into effect, would require HHS regulations be reviewed every 10 years or be automatically tossed out. The Biden administration has put the controversial rule on hold to assess its impact, but Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) say the rule, Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely (SUNSET), should be completely tossed...
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Dems, Advocates Seek HCBS Investment Hike In Next Legislative Package

A group of Democratic Representatives urged President Joe Biden to stick to his campaign trail proposal to allocate $450 billion to home- and community-based services in a letter sent Tuesday (March 30), a day before Biden is expected to release his “Build Back Better” plan. More details on the health care parts of the upcoming infrastructure package are expected to be unveiled next week. While the letter shows congressional support for HCBS , it doesn’t get into specifics about what...
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AHA To CMS: Drop Denials Of Site-Neutral Off-Campus Exemptions

Only about 40% of hospitals that applied to be exempt from certain site-neutral provisions for off-campus departments were granted that exemption, but the American Hospital Association says CMS was too slow in conducting audits to affirm the requests so it should either reverse the denials to the remaining 60% or allow hospitals that were denied exceptions to appeal. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 lowered the pay for new hospital off-campus facilities to the level paid to physicians. However, that...
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