All posts by Vince Sampson

House Passes AHCA; Senate Says “Not So Fast”

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a razor-thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats supported the bill and 20 Republicans voted against it. Recall in March, the House was forced to pull AHCA Version 1.0 from the floor because leaders lacked the necessary […]

User Fee Act Legislation Introduced Free of Controversial Issues…for the Time Being

Recently, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee introduced a bipartisan discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) user fee programs. The legislation reauthorizes fees for pharmaceuticals, generics, biosimilar and medical devices through 2022.  A section –by–section […]

CBO Releases AHCA Budget Score; As Costs Become Clearer, Road to Passage Gets Rockier

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released the budget “score” or cost, for the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The headline from the analysis is that the AHCA would cause 14 million people to lose health care coverage.  Notwithstanding passage by the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees last week, the […]

Off to the Races: First ACA Repeal and Replace Legislation Released

Following through on Republican campaign promises, two key Congressional committees released legislation yesterday that further the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  After more than 60 attempts to repeal the ACA since 2010, GOP members of the  House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees released details […]

Price Confirmed for HHS Secretary, other key agency and department positions next to be filled

Around 2 a.m., the Senate voted along party lines to confirm Representative Tom Price to become Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.  The vote was 52-47 with no Democrats voting in favor.  With repeated attacks on his policy record and questions about stock purchases, Price’s nomination was […]

Medicare Part B Demo Declared Dead

On Thursday, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would not move forward with its controversial Medicare Part B Payment Model  (Part B Demo).  The Part B Demo had come under heavy fire from industry groups, some patient organizations, providers and a bipartisan collection of policymakers in […]

21st Century Cures Clears Senate, President Expected to Sign into Law but Some Issues Remain

Today, the Senate voted overwhelmingly – 94-5 – to pass sweeping medical innovation legislation clearing the way for President Obama to sign it into law when it reaches his desk later this week. The 21st Century Cures Act, (Cures), a rare bipartisan major piece of healthcare legislation, provides $6.3 billion for […]