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Tax Bills Pass House and Senate Finance Committee

Thursday, November 16 was a big day for tax cut advocates.  The House of Representatives passed their tax bill (HR 1) by of 227 to 205 with all but 13 Republicans and no Democrats voting for it.  Later that evening the Senate Finance Committee passed their counter proposal out of Committee by a vote of

New HHS Nominee Proposed

On Monday, November 13, the President nominated Alex Azar to become the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Azar will fill the vacancy left when Tom Price was forced out earlier this year due to his travel expenses.  Azar worked at HHS as the Department’s General Counsel and Deputy Secretary. The focus during upcoming

No Progress Update # 4: CHIP Reauthorization

There has been no progress on moving a CHIP reauthorization and movement in the Senate was almost impossible this week as the Senate Finance Committee was tied up with the tax package this week. CMS has reallocated a total $600 million to patch up current state shortfalls but that doesn’t relieve state policymakers’ uncertainty without

House Committee Looks at Opioids Impact on Children and Youth

Last week Wednesday, November 8, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on the impact of opioids on children, youth and families.  The hearings were under the banner of two of the Committee’s subcommittees with an emphasis on children. According to the Committee information provided, 61.8 million patients received opioid prescriptions

Home Visiting Still Waiting

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No Movement on CHIP Reauthorization

There has been no progress on moving a CHIP reauthorization and movement in the Senate seems almost impossible this week as the Senate Finance Committee gets tied up with the tax package this week.  That would appear to kick this can down the road beyond Thanksgiving. The House of Representatives passed their version of a

Final Commission on Opioids Report Frames a Week of Discussion

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioids Crisis released its final report on Wednesday, November 1.  That wasn’t the only action or debate of the week on the topic, but it was the most significant. The Commission Final Recommendations: The report includes 56 recommendations but falls short on what they might cost

House Sets Potential Conflict on CHIP Reauthorization

On Friday the House of Representatives plowed ahead on passing their version of a CHIP reauthorization which Democrats mostly opposed.  The measure was approved by a vote of 242 to 174.  The bill (HR 3922) would extend CHIP for five years but would extend community health center funding for only two years.  Democrats are opposing