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This Week in Washington: Congress returns to complete appropriations and year-end legislation.

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Expected Committee Changes in Health-Related Committees

With party control changing in the House, there will be changes in who leads the health-related committees. At the House Ways and Means Committee, now-Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) will become the ranking member. Rep.

This Week in Washington: Treasury Finalizes “Family-Glitch” Fix

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Progressive Caucus Members Announce Bill to Rename Medicare Advantage

Two members of the House Progressive Caucus announced they will introduce legislation that would change the name of Medicare Advantage (MA) in order to make clear that MA plans are offered by private insurers. They believe

This Week in Washington: Congress Comes Down to the Finish Line

 
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Health Legislation

On Sept. 21, the House Ways & Means Committee passed two bills to improve Medicare’s inpatient psychiatric facility payment system and add intensive inpatient program coverage for beneficiaries with mental health and substance use disorders who need it. The

This Week in Washington: Congress Focuses on FDA User Fee Legislation, Telehealth and Continuing Resolution; Administration Issues Executive Order on Biomanufacturing
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House Passes Legislation to Streamline Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage

On Sept. 14, the House unanimously passed legislation by voice vote to streamline the Medicare Advantage prior authorization system. The vote came

This Week in Washington: The House and Senate return to face funding the government and other issues; the administration reverses for good the Trump-era “public charge” rule.
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Funding the Government

Current funding for the federal government runs out on Oct. 1; Congress will need to do a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR). Currently being