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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 27, 2019

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Posted on September 27, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Another Band-Aid: Congress Clears Continuing Resolution to Avoid Shutdown On Thursday, the Senate cleared legislation (H.R. 4378) by a vote of 82-15 to fund federal agencies and extend several health care-related programs through November 21. The vote on the continuing resolution followed House approval of the measure, which overwhelmingly passed the measure last week.... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 20, 2019

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Posted on September 20, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House Passes Temporary DSH Cut Delay, Health Care Extenders On September 19, the House passed a stopgap spending measure (H.R. 4378) in an effort to avoid another government shutdown. The health care extenders included in the measure will run through November 21 as lawmakers continue negotiations on a broader package to fund the government.... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week In Washington – September 13, 2019

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Posted on September 13, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Back in Action: What Are the Health Care Priorities as Congress Returns from Recess? Congress returned on Monday from August recess with a full agenda on health care. Lawmakers are poised to address several health care-related issues, including surprise medical billing, prescription drug costs and FY 2020 appropriations for the final legislative push before... READ MORE

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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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