The groups and members of parliament who defend the home agenda of Democrats, from clean energy to health care, are renewing campaigns tailored to their target audience: Joe Manchin.
The task force recently held a tele-town hall meeting for West Virginia to talk about the need to expand their home care offerings. Service Employees International Union recorded a Robocall with state-born actress Jennifer Garner to call on West Virginia senators and call for measures on home care. And child care advocates met outside the Capitol last week in support of a Sens proposal. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) And Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) States would increase funding for child care and early childhood education.
Many of the Democrats ’priorities are unlikely to receive enough bilateral support. To get the measures that are beneficial in a broad package with a simple majority, they need to convince the West Virginia senator to respond to his growing inflation and concerns about his state’s problems.
The effort comes as Manchin and the Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) has resumed talks on the reconciliation bill. They met again on Wednesday to discuss a possible deal, according to an aide-de-camp who has been given anonymity to speak honestly. Read more by Zach C. Cohen and Alex Ruoff.
Even on the radars of legislators
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs He is holding a hearing on the cannabis industry in American tribes and communities on Friday, “as discussions on national cannabis reform legislation take shape,” according to a statement.
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Romney confronts Biden about Covid’s support talks: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said the Biden administration had provided “false” information about Covid’s ability to buy more vaccines with existing funding earlier this year and said it had “shaken” its relationship with the White House. Romney was the chief negotiator for a $ 10 billion Covid aid package that remains unresolved after Republicans tried to link an immigration policy to the legislation, Alex Ruoff reported.
He told Biden administration officials at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Employment and Pensions on Thursday that he would not put his support behind the package if the White House was clearer about available funds. This month, the administration shifted about $ 10 billion for the supply of coronaviruses and other programs to buy next-generation vaccines and antivirals.
Home floor next week: The House intends to vote on bills to end the special exemption that doctors need to prescribe drugs for the treatment of substance use disorders (HR 7666); directing the federal government to collect voluntary data on sexual orientation and gender identity to measure discrimination (HR 4176); the establishment of a new agency to develop medical advances for diseases such as cancer (HR 5585) to improve mental health for veterans (HR 6411); and to treat the veterinarian who suffered from toxic burns (HR 3967) – which was approved by the Senate yesterday – according to the majority leader. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
Industry and Regulations
The FTC targets Pharmaceutical Agent Fees: Large drug rebates required by pharmacist benefit managers may violate federal competition laws if they stifle patient access, according to a policy statement unanimously approved by the FTC on Thursday. The Federal Trade Commission voted to provide an outline of how it will use existing competition and consumer protection laws to examine the rebates and fees that drug manufacturers pay to pharmaceutical benefit managers who manage the benefits of prescription drugs. Read more by Celine Castronuovo.
Advances in rules for resolving unforeseen billing struggles: In cases of unforeseen billing, the Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the regulations that may result in arbitrators resolving dispute disputes. In February, a federal court overturned a provision in an interim rule that ordered arbitrators to prefer the amount closest to the median rate within the network to resolve payment disputes between insurers and out-of-network health care providers. Read more at Sara Hansard.
Medicare at age 60 would reduce uninsured spending, but it would increase: Reducing the age of Medicare eligibility from age 65 to age 60 would reduce the number of uninsured 400,000 by 2023 and cause 2.5 million people to leave employer-sponsored health coverage to join the program, according to a study released by the Urban Institute on Thursday. New enrollees would increase Medicare spending by nearly $ 65 billion, and the U.S. deficit would grow by $ 504 billion in a decade, the analysis says. Read more Tony Pughen.
The WTO supports the exemption of vaccine patents to combat the pandemic: The World Trade Organization approved a major political deal on Friday to curb intellectual property restrictions in the manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines after nearly two years of high-level meetings and many political arms, Bryce Baschuk reported.
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Low-income drug discount weaves into HHS Supreme Court loss: U.S. Supreme Court in a Medicare case The loss of HHS gives the agency ammunition for low-income Americans in a broader fight over drug discounts. All nine Supreme Court justices agreed that HHS would cut $ 1 billion a year in hospital reimbursement of medicines through a program designed to help the population in need. HHS and hospitals are now on the same side in another court dispute, another dispute over that program: HHS may offer pharmacists discounts on certain pharmacies. Read more by Ian Lopez and Allie Reed.
Monkeypox shows that the US has learned little from Covid, advocates say: Tests against the US monkey are not enough to determine how widespread the virus is and where new cases are emerging, according to infectious disease experts and advocates. Although government laboratories have the capacity to test 8,000 samples per week, they use only 2% of that capacity. Madison Muller has more.
Biogen is looking for a revision of the SCOTUS standard description: Biogen International is seeking the opinions of Supreme Court justices on how much help an inventor should be able to properly describe an invention in a patent, a problem that divides the Federal Circuit. Samantha Handler has more.
Employees delay medical care due to financial pressures: 40 percent of employees surveyed by Willis Towers Watson Benefits Consulting Company delayed medical care last year. Twenty-five percent of those workers said they could not pay, and the majority of that subset said their health was suffering. Read more at Sara Hansard.
Editor’s note: BGOV’s Health Care Information will not be released on Monday, June 20, the federal holiday. Publication will begin on Tuesday, June 21st.