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House Leadership Discusses Repeal and Replace Plan

Last Thursday, February 16, Speaker Paul Ryan went before his Republican caucus to unveil the leaderships repeal and replace plan for the Affordable Care Act. That plan outlined in a white paper still left questions in the minds of some members fearing it didn't go far enough in its repeal or maybe went too far

Cabinet Update: Mulvaney Approved for OMB, Verma on Track for CMS

On Thursday, February 16, Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) became the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  That likely means a stripped down first year budget for the new Administration will be released in March.  That budget will give the first significant and detailed insight into what the new Administration will do on spending

Health Statistic and Trump Administration Actions on Health Care  

Last week resulted in the release of a range of health care statistics as well as some Administration actions that could greatly impact the ACA.  First the numbers. National Health Interview Survey, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the decline in the percentage of uninsured in the

ACA Repeal Timetables and Discussions

Congress is moving ahead with an ACA repeal but the timetables are all over the board as far as when and what will be included.  It is clear however that the House will be much more aggressive.  Reports are that House leaders would like to start to move legislation out of key committees as early

Price Wins Approval for HHS

On Friday Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) was approved by the Senate for the Department of Health and Human Services.  The vote was 52 to 47, he was quickly sworn in and his two biggest priorities are likely to be a strategy to repeal the ACA and putting together an HHS budget. Congressmen Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)

CWLA Joins Group Letter to President in Support of Vaccination

CWLA signed onto a letter to President Trump in support of vaccinations.  The letter signed by more than 300 groups is in response to some presidential comments and at least one meeting with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. indicating that the President may set up a group to review the use of vaccinations. The letter states:

GAO Reviews State Efforts on Psychotropic Medication Use For Foster Children

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report on foster care and oversight of prescription drug medication. The report, HHS Has Taken Steps to Support States’ Oversight of Psychotropic Medications, but Additional Assistance Could Further Collaboration, as the title suggests indicates more needs to be done in terms of the overuse and prescribing

House Committee Begins Hearings on ACA Repeal or Repair?

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on the Affordable Care Act last Wednesday.  The focus of the hearing was titled, “Rescuing Americans from the Failed Health Care Law and Advancing Patient-Centered Solutions."  It featured the testimony of long-time universal health care reform opponents, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). 

Congressional Leadership Sets 200 Day Goals

 Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sketched out a 200-day agenda for Republican members of the House and Senate.  The schedule was laid out at a closed-door retreat for Republicans held in Philadelphia from Wednesday night through Friday.  Although the sessions were not public, details were being widely reported.  The

Shifting Timelines for ACA Repeal

The Affordable Care Act was the hot topic at the Republicans retreat this past week. And while Senate and House Republicans were looking for more specificity and clarity from the Administration they didn't get it when the President Trump spoke to them last Thursday.  Instead there were reports through the Washington Post and other publications