This week in Washington: House and Senate return from congressional work period.


House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Substance Use to Consider 11 Bills

On April 14 at 10:30 a.m., the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing titled “An Epidemic within a Pandemic: Understanding Substance Use and Misuse

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About 475 million people worldwide have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and a return to normalcy draws closer. What remains unclear, however, is how state and federal governments will regulate and reimburse for telehealth when temporary telehealth policies expire at the end of the public health emergency.

Read on for a summary of proposed federal regulatory

This week in Washington: Budget reconciliation package passes and is signed into law; Becerra’s nomination for HHS secretary advances in the Senate.


House Passes Final Budget Reconciliation Bill
On March 10, the House passed the final version of the Senate budget reconciliation bill. One Democrat voted with the Republicans, who were united against the

On March 6, the U.S. Senate narrowly passed a $1.9 trillion bill to provide for COVID-19 financial relief, testing, treatment and vaccination. Because the Senate version of the plan differs from the version the U.S. House of Representatives passed last week, the measure now returns to the House to reconcile differences before President Joe Biden

This week in Washington: Budget reconciliation goes back to the House with changes for vote on Tuesday.


340B: 266 House Legislators Want Fines for Drug Companies

Two hundred sixty-six members of the House of Representatives have told the Department of Health and Human Services that HHS should fine drug companies that deny 340B discounts

congressOn Feb. 27, shortly after the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 reached 500,000, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Now the Senate will consider this $1.9 trillion spending bill to provide pandemic-related assistance and relief.

Read on to learn about 15 provisions in the legislation that are

This week in Washington: The House votes on budget reconciliation while the Senate ponders the Byrd Rule; Senate committees hold hearings on HHS Secretary-designate Becerra’s confirmation.


House Passes COVID Relief Through Budget Reconciliation
On February 27, the House of Representatives passed 219- 212 the American Rescue Plan, H.R. 1319, a sweeping $1.9 trillion