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Senate tax bill would effectively repeal ACA individual mandate; House legislation to reverse 340B Drug Discount Program cuts; CMS addresses prescription drug costs and the opioid crisis

On November 14, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released the Chairman’s Mark to the Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Hatch’s version of the tax plan effectively repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate by reducing the associated penalty to $0. The ACA individual mandate requires individuals to buy … Continue reading

Senate passes critical bills for managing the Zika virus and establishing federal oversight of opioid painkillers

On March 17, 2016, the Senate passed two independent bills in response to growing concerns with the Zika virus outbreak and current opioid painkiller prescribing practices.  The Senate bill addressing the Zika virus aims to fuel the development of countermeasures to address the Zika virus outbreak by providing for expedited US Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading