This week in Washington: Senate agrees on infrastructure compromise, budget resolution with reconciliation instructions to be voted on.


76 Members of Congress Request CMS Guidance for States to Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage
On July 26, a group of 14 Senate and 62 House members wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator

This week in Washington: Infrastructure, Executive Order on Anti-competitiveness, House Appropriations Committee Acts on Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill, Senate Budget Committee Democrats Agree on Budget Resolution.


House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Holds Markup of 19 Bills
On July 15, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health held a markup of 19 bills.

This week in Washington: Senate in recess, conversations continue on infrastructure and administration’s health initiatives.

Bipartisan Bill to Alter Language on Substance Use Disorder Agencies and Programs
On June 29, Reps. David Trone (D-MD) and Lisa McClain (R-MI) introduced the Stopping Titles that Overtly Perpetuate (STOP) Stigma Act, which would change the name of several

This week in Washington: Infrastructure deal struck, but it still has a long road ahead to passage; Senate Budget Committee discussed draft resolution with health initiatives included.


Cures 2.0 Draft Released
On June 22, Reps. Diana DeGette and Frank Upton (R-MI) released draft legislation that would create an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

This week in Washington: Supreme Court dismisses challenge to the Affordable Care Act.


House Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2022 Bill Schedule
On June 15, chair of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the markup schedule for fiscal year (FY) 2022 spending bills. The Appropriations Committee plans to take up the

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived another challenge to its constitutionality today. In a 7-2 decision, the court threw out the challenge to the law, citing lack of standing by the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs, a group of Republican-controlled states and two Texas residents, argued that the entire ACA became unconstitutional when Congress eliminated the penalty

This week in Washington: CMS Administrator confirmed, President releases budget.

Brooks-LaSure Confirmed as CMS Administrator
On May 25, the Senate voted 55-44 to confirm Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator. Brooks-LaSure’s nomination process had been delayed after Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) expressed his opposition to CMS’s decision last month

This week in Washington: Talks continue on infrastructure, Senate committees moving forward on health legislation, President’s budget due the end of the week.


Following Hearing, Democratic Committee Chairs Ask for FTC Investigation into AbbVie’s Pricing Practices
On May 18, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler,

This week in Washington: HHS and CMS nominations move forward.


Representatives Ask HHS Secretary Becerra to Extend Deadline to Spend COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds
In a May 11 letter, 77 representatives sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra stating their concern that existing program requirements limit providers