Billy Wynne

House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill Reauthorization After Lengthy Partisan Debate

By Billy Wynne / May 24, 2024

House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill Reauthorization After Lengthy Partisan Debate The House Agriculture Committee convened a markup of the Farm, Food, and National Security Act (H.R. 8467), the House Republicans’ proposal to reauthorize the Farm Bill. There were several areas of disagreement, most notably the provision that would prevent a future Secretary from increasing the value…

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2024 Resources for Gag Clause Prohibition Compliance Attestation

By Billy Wynne / May 24, 2024

2024 Resources for Gag Clause Prohibition Compliance Attestation The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released 2024 resources for the attestation of compliance with the prohibition on gag clauses on price and quality information in provider agreements (instructions; user manual, and template). Background. Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, group health plans and…

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Senate Finance Committee Members Debate Policies to Combat Illicit Fentanyl, Agree on the Benefits of Telehealth for Behavioral Health Services

By Billy Wynne / May 23, 2024

Senate Finance Committee Members Debate Policies to Combat Illicit Fentanyl, Agree on the Benefits of Telehealth for Behavioral Health Services The Senate Finance Committee convened a hearing to discuss opportunities in the health care system to improve addiction treatment, grow primary prevention, and combat the fentanyl public health crisis. Democrats used the hearing to ask…

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House Budget Committee Discuss Addressing Consolidation in Health Care Markets, PBM Reform, Rising Costs, and Medicare Physician Fees

By Billy Wynne / May 23, 2024

House Budget Committee Discuss Addressing Consolidation in Health Care Markets, PBM Reform, Rising Costs, and Medicare Physician Fees EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The House Budget Committee convened a hearing to discuss the budgetary effects of increasing health care consolidation and explored policy solutions to enhance competition and reduce health care costs. With bipartisan consensus emerging on critical…

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USDA Announces Summer Nutrition Programs to Help Tackle Hunger and Improve Healthy Eating for Children

By Billy Wynne / May 22, 2024

USDA Announces Summer Nutrition Programs to Help Tackle Hunger and Improve Healthy Eating for Children The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced the launch of SUN Programs: USDA’s Summer Nutrition Programs for Kids to address nutrition security during the summer months (press release). These programs offer families various options to…

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Senators Broadly Support Food is Medicine

By Billy Wynne / May 22, 2024

Senators Broadly Support Food is Medicine he Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security convened a hearing to discuss food is medicine initiatives. Policy Outlook. Senators from both parties were very supportive of food is medicine programs like medically tailored meals (MTMs) and produce prescription programs. While there are a number…

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Committee Explores Patent Abuse and PBM Transparency to Address Rising Drug Prices; NIH Requests Comments on Policy for Equitable NIH-Owned Medicine Access

By Billy Wynne / May 22, 2024

Committee Explores Patent Abuse and PBM Transparency to Address Rising Drug Prices; NIH Requests Comments on Policy for Equitable NIH-Owned Medicine Access The Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing to examine competition in the prescription drug market, focusing on ensuring affordable and accessible medications. The Committee scrutinized with experts and patient advocates the range of…

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Department Releases $2 Million Special Emphasis Notice for AI and Behavioral Health Projects; Applications Due July 12

By Billy Wynne / May 20, 2024

Department Releases $2 Million Special Emphasis Notice for AI and Behavioral Health Projects; Applications Due July 12 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), announced a Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) for the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology (Health…

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House Agriculture Republicans Release Draft Farm Bill Legislation

By Billy Wynne / May 17, 2024

House Agriculture Republicans Release Draft Farm Bill Legislation Today, Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture GT Thompson (R-PA) released a discussion draft of the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024 for Farm Bill reauthorization (press release; title-by-title).  In addition to agricultural programs, the Farm Bill authorizes several important federal nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance…

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Committee Releases White Paper Examining the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Chronic Care

By Billy Wynne / May 17, 2024

Committee Releases White Paper Examining the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Chronic Care Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) released a white paper that examined the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and policy options to support clinicians while improving chronic care (press release). The white paper builds…

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