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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 26, 2019

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Posted on July 26, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Finance Committee Releases Drug Pricing Reform Package On July 25, the Senate Finance Committee advanced their comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid drug payment reform legislation. The bill now heads to the full Senate floor. A day earlier, Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released the text of the chairman’s mark... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 19, 2019

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Posted on July 19, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Surprise Billing Debate Continues: Legislation Passes House E&C Committee The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation (H.R. 2328) to protect patients from surprise medical bills. The measure would block providers from charging out-of-network rates to patients in certain emergency situations or when a patient unexpectedly receives out-of-network care at an in-network facility and... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 12, 2019

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Posted on July 12, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House Subcommittee Passes Surprise Billing Measure Despite Member Disagreement On Thursday, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee approved 10 bills, including a measure addressing surprise medical billing. The “No Surprises Act” (H.R. 3630), introduced by Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), would prohibit surprise billing and limit... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 28, 2019

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Posted on June 28, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Committee Advances Major Health Legislative Package The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee passed a wide-ranging bill focusing on lowering health care costs to the chamber’s floor. This legislation is one of the only major health care bills that stands a chance at passing Congress this year. The measure aims to... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 21, 2019

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Posted on June 21, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Health Committee Releases Sweeping Health Cost Legislation On June 18, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee released bipartisan legislation designed to address the cost of health care bipartisan health cost legislation after collecting extensive stakeholder feedback. The Committee will mark up this legislation next week on June 26. There are... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 24, 2019

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Posted on May 24, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

HELP Committee Leaders Release Draft Bill Targeting Health Care Priorities Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) committee leaders Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) released a wide-ranging draft bill addressing health care issues such as surprise medical billing, prescription drug costs and urgent public health concerns. The proposal is separated into... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 10, 2019

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Posted on May 10, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Addressing “Surprise” Medical Bills High Priority for Administration and Congress Yesterday, President Trump held an address at the White House where he emphasized that Congress should act to “hold insurance companies and hospitals totally accountable” for surprise medical bills. A surprise medical bill, more commonly known as balance billing, occurs when patients, through no... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 12, 2019

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Posted on April 12, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congressional Leaders Discuss Health Care Priorities Congress’ top leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), announced they are not embracing “Medicare for All” as a priority at the American Hospital Association’s annual Washington conference. Both leaders reinforced that each chamber will pursue largely separate health care agendas in... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 5, 2019

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Posted on April 5, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Health Cost Reduction Package Slated for Summer Release Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee, said he plans to move a wide-ranging legislative package through his panel seeking to curb health care costs. Sen. Alexander, along with HELP ranking member... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – March 29, 2019

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Posted on March 29, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Conversation Shifts Back to Health Care in Washington Health care became a major discussion point for lawmakers after this week started with the Trump administration’s declaration that it supports a federal judge’s ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) should be thrown out. This signals a shift in the Justice Department’s prior position... READ MORE

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