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Trump signs drug rebate bill expected to save Medicaid $3B

October 8, 2019


President Trump last month quietly signed into law a bill closing a loophole in Medicaid's drug rebate program that critics say allowed drugmakers to underpay rebates to state Medicaid programs.

Senate approves stopgap spending measure to avert federal shutdown

September 27, 2019


The Senate yesterday voted 82-15 to pass a stopgap spending bill (HR 4378) that would fund the federal government through Nov. 21, including funding extensions for community health centers, teaching hospital programs, and more.

House approves stopgap spending measure to avert federal shutdown

September 20, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 301-123 to pass a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government through Nov. 21, including funding extensions for community health centers, teaching hospital programs, and more.

HHS awards $1.8B in state grants to combat, track opioid epidemic

September 6, 2019


HHS on Wednesday announced it will award more than $1.8 billion in funding to help states and communities continue to combat the opioid epidemic and improve data collection to track progress.

Alaska governor cuts Medicaid funding (again)

August 22, 2019


Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) on Monday vetoed $50 million in state Medicaid spending, $27 million in adult dental benefits, and more from the state Legislature's fiscal year 2020 operating budget, which hospitals in the state say will significantly cut Medicaid payments.

Trump signs bill providing $10B in compensation for 9/11 first responders

August 6, 2019


President Trump last week signed into law a bill that will extend aid to first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through 2092.

Congress passes two-year budget deal, averting automatic spending cuts

August 2, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted 67-28 to approve a two-year budget deal that raises the U.S. debt ceiling, sets new federal spending levels, averts $125 billion in automatic spending cuts, and opens the door for negotiations on individual appropriations measures for next fiscal year.

Congress sends pandemic preparedness bill to Trump

June 7, 2019


The House on Tuesday passed and sent to President Trump a pandemic preparedness bill that would reauthorize funding for HHS programs designed to respond to biological and chemical threats, disasters, and emerging infectious diseases.

House panel releases FY 2020 HHS spending bill with $50M for gun violence research

April 30, 2019


The House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft HHS spending bill for fiscal year 2020 that calls for a total of $99 billion in funding for HHS, including $50 million in funding for research on gun violence—which, if enacted, would mark the first time an HHS appropriations bill would fund gun violence research since 1996.

Biden has joined the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

April 25, 2019


Former Vice President Joe Biden, who on Thursday announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, has not endorsed a so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposal—but he also has not dismissed such a plan.

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