July 28, 2021| Video
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, information has continuously evolved surrounding the virus and its effects on nearly every aspect of family and public life, particularly on families trying to balance work with remote or in-person learning for their children. In this webinar, two experts from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) discussed current updates surrounding the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines for children.
January 8, 2021| Blog
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had a busy 2020, as detailed in earlier blog posts. This blog post explores politics and a few policy activities we’ll be keeping an eye on in 2021 and how they might impact medical product manufacturers, particularly now that we know the U.S. Senate will be controlled, like the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House, by Democrats.
November 23, 2020| Blog
With the presidential transition underway, we now look forward to what the Biden administration will seek to accomplish, particularly in the realm of health care policy.
October 19, 2020| Blog
February 27, 2020| Video
Aaron Josephson explains why FDA is looking to Collaborative Communities to help solve challenges in 2020 and the potential benefit to companies who participate in the development of public policy.
September 16, 2019| Blog
This week, Congress is working towards passage of a continuing resolution that would fund the government through the middle of November. This will give policymakers and appropriators enough time to hash out differences in funding priorities as well as work on policies addressing drug pricing, surprise billing, and funding for public health programs. The surprise billing issue is really heating up with outside stakeholder groups weighing in and Congress carefully considering its next steps
July 30, 2019| Blog
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman and Ranking Member (respectively) of the Senate Finance Committee, have fired the latest shot in Congress’s ongoing battle against high drug prices. Last week, the Senators introduced their much-anticipated proposal to lower drug prices: a chairman’s mark called the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act (PDPRA) of 2019.
July 29, 2019| Blog
This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a budget deal that would also suspend the debt limit for two years. This clears a major hurdle come September when both chambers of Congress will be in session with a laundry list of policies and programs to address, including appropriations.
July 15, 2019| Blog
This week, the House is set to vote on repeal of the Cadillac tax, which is a forty-percent tax on high-cost health plans established by the Affordable Care Act. While its prospects for passage in the Senate are not entirely clear, passage out of the House clears an important hurdle. In other news, we are continuing to monitor the evolving drug pricing debate which is still expected to ramp up in the coming weeks with action from the Administration and Senate.
July 8, 2019| Blog
This week, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is back in the news with oral arguments set to begin before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The court will decide whether to uphold a federal district court's ruling that struck down the ACA. This case has the potential to reshape the political landscape in 2020 if it reaches the Supreme Court. On Capitol Hill, policymakers are working hard to bring forth a drug pricing package before the August recess
This week, the House is poised to take action on drug pricing by passing two pieces of legislation. As the House moves the bills through final passage, focus will shift to the Senate, which will unveil a legislative package around lowering costs for consumers in the coming weeks. The scope of this package is still unclear, but it should include a number of proposals that could pass on a bipartisan basis. We cover this and more in this week's preview, which you can find by clicking here.
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