Legislative

Sep 19, 2018
More than 100 organizations, including the AHA, yesterday urged House and Senate leaders to include the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 6082) in the final agreement on opioid legislation. H.R. 6082, which passed the House in June, would improve information sharing by aligning 42…
Sep 18, 2018
The Senate Sept. 17 passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act, a substitute amendment to the House-passed opioid package (H.R. 6). Among other provisions, the Senate package would reauthorize funding to states to address opioid abuse; provide support through the Centers for Disease Control and…
Sep 14, 2018
The House and Senate conference committee yesterday approved legislation that would provide $178.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in fiscal year 2019 and extend current funding levels for other federal programs until…
Sep 20, 2018
The Illinois Supreme Court today unanimously upheld the state’s hospital property tax exemption law, rejecting the plaintiff’s argument that the statute was unconstitutional because it failed to expressly mention the constitutional requirements for exemption. Charitable property tax exemption in…
Sep 18, 2018
The Senate today voted 93-7 to pass legislation that would provide $178.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in fiscal year 2019 and extend current funding levels for other federal programs until Dec. 7. According to…
Sep 18, 2018
The Senate last night voted 98-2 to approve the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554), a bill that would prohibit private health plans from restricting a pharmacist’s ability to inform enrollees when a drug would cost less without using their insurance. Some health insurance contracts…
Sep 13, 2018
The House of Representatives yesterday approved legislation (H.R. 6690) that would establish a three-year pilot program to test using smart card technology to combat Medicare fraud and protect beneficiary identity. Also approved were bills that would codify the process by which Medicare…
Sep 12, 2018
Urge Your Senator to Sign on by Sept. 27 Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are asking their Senate colleagues to sign on to a letter urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to withdraw proposals to expand certain site-neutral payment policies to…
Sep 7, 2018
The Senate is expected to vote next week on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a substitute amendment to the House-passed opioid package (H.R. 6).   The substitute amendment comprises bills reported earlier this year by the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee and…
Sep 7, 2018
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today approved legislation that would prohibit Medicare and private health plans from restricting a pharmacist’s ability to inform enrollees when a drug would cost less without using their insurance. Some health insurance contracts prevent…