House

Cummings and Sanders Seek Information About Possible Obstruction of a Congressional Investigation on Generic Drug Prices
On August 14, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, sent letters to Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Mylan N.V., and

Congress

House Passes Short-Term Funding Extension for Medicaid Pilot Program

On July 30, the House passed a bill to keep a $1 billion Medicaid pilot providing mental health and addiction services running through mid-September—the third short-term funding extension in four months.

The bill, H.R 3253, passed during a pro forma session and already passed by

Hearings/Markups

Senate Committee on the Judiciary: “Oversight of the Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws”
Tuesday, July 23, 2019: The Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights held another hearing related to antitrust laws, seeking suggestions on oversight and enforcement at the federal level. Find witness testimonies and hearing updates 

Hearings/Markups

House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Oversight of Federal Efforts to Combat the Spread of Illicit Fentanyl”
Tuesday, July 16, 2019: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee will hold a hearing on the federal oversight of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger

Hearings/Markups

House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Reauthorizing Vital Health Programs for American Families”
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – The Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a legislative hearing on health care bills that reauthorize a variety of health programs for Americans:

  • H.R. 776, the “Emergency Medical Services for Children Program

Hearings/Markups

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP): “Lower Health Care Costs Act”
Tuesday, June 18, 2019: The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the Lower Health Care Costs Act, a bipartisan discussion draft largely concerning drug pricing. The committee requested comment on the draft that

Hearings/Markups

Senate Committee on the Judiciary: “The State of Patent Eligibility in America: Part III”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019: The Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing continuing its work on patent eligibility, with a large panel of witnesses, most of whom are arguing in favor of statutory reform that would tighten up

Hearings

House Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health: “Investing in America’s Healthcare”

The Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on health care extenders, discussing the following legislation:

  • H.R. 1767, the “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act”
  • H.R. 1943, the “Community Health Center and Primary

McGuireWoods Consulting senior vice president, Stephanie Kennan, commented on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in a recent Medicare reimbursement case in a June 3 article for Inside Health Policy.

The court rejected Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS) argument that it had broad authority to issue its own legal interpretations of the