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Shutdown, Day 19: FDA suspends some food and drug activities, IHS facilities face closures, and more

January 10, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency has suspended all routine inspections of U.S. food-processing facilities because of the partial government shutdown, which caused FDA to furlough about 41% of its staff, but he is working on a plan to bring back some food inspectors as soon as next week to inspect facilities that are considered high-risk.

Shutdown, Day 14: The House passed a bill to reopen the government. (But it's going nowhere fast.)

January 4, 2019

The House on Thursday passed a spending measure that would end a partial federal shutdown that affects some health agencies, but President Trump has said he would veto the bill, and without his support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not bring the bill for a vote in the Senate.

Shutdown, Day 12: Who's furloughed at FDA and HHS—and who isn't?

January 2, 2019

A partial government shutdown—which started Dec. 22, 2018, and affects some federal health care agencies—occurred after the House, the Senate, and President Trump could not come to an agreement on a bill to extend funding for the federal government.

Federal shutdown looms: House, Senate pass different versions of CR that would fund FDA

December 21, 2018

President Trump on Thursday told House Republican leaders that he would not sign a Senate-passed short-term spending bill that would fund seven federal departments and various federal agencies, including FDA, because it did not include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Congress just passed its 2019 HHS spending bill. Here's what made the cut.

September 27, 2018

The $855.1 billion minibus fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill includes about $866 billion in mandatory funding for programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and $90.5 billion in discretionary funding for HHS, a $2.3 billion increase over FY 2018.

HHS plans to cut funds for cancer and other health care programs. Here's why.

September 21, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says he plans to redistribute up to $266 million—including $13.3 million from the National Cancer Institute, as well as other funds from programs for maternal health, mental health, substance misuse, and women's shelters—to cover increasing costs for the department's Unaccompanied Alien Children program.

Senate passes 'minibus' spending bill with health care funding boosts

September 20, 2018

The Senate-passed "minibus" bill allocates fiscal year 2019 funding for HHS, the Department of Defense, and the Education and Labor departments, including funding increases for opioid misuse treatment, medical research, and community block grants.

Lawmakers just agreed on a $90.5B HHS funding deal. Here's what made the cut—and what didn't.

September 14, 2018

Under the agreement, HHS would receive $90.5 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2019, including $6.7 billion for programs targeting the opioid misuse epidemic.

Senate breaks with past and passes standalone HHS spending bill—that includes a $1B boost

August 24, 2018

The Senate's fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill for HHS and the departments of Defense, Labor, and Education includes $90 billion for HHS, up by about $1 billion from FY 2018 levels, and would allocate $39.1 billion to NIH, an increase of about 5% from FY 2018 levels.

HHS just deleted 20 years' worth of medical guidelines

July 17, 2018

A spokesperson for HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says budget cuts led the agency to remove from the internet a database containing nearly 20 years of evidence-backed medical guidelines for thousands of conditions and procedures.

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