Groups and legislators advocating for Democrats’ internal agenda, from clean energy to healthcare, are renewing campaigns tailored to their target audience: Joe Manchin.
Working groups recently held a teleconference for West Virginia residents to talk about the need to expand the supply of home care. The International Union of Service Employees recorded a robust conversation with actress Jennifer Garner, a native of the state, urging West Virginia residents to call their senators and ask for action on home care. And advocates for childcare gathered in front of the Capitol last week in favor of Sens’s proposal. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) And sen. Tim Kane (D-Va.), Which would increase funding for states to care for children and early childhood education.
Many of the Democrats’ priorities are unlikely to receive enough bipartisan support. To implement the favored measures in a broad package by a simple majority, they must persuade the West Virginia senator to get involved by addressing his concerns about rising inflation and the problems facing his home state.
The effort comes as Manchin and the leader of the majority Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) resumed negotiations on a reconciliation bill. They met again Wednesday to discuss a potential deal, according to an anonymous anonymous spokesman. Read more from Zack S. Cohen and Alex Ruof.
Also on the radars of lawmakers
- Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a Friday session to hear the cannabis industry in Native American tribes and communities, “shaping discussions over national cannabis reform legislation,” according to a statement.
- BGOV calendar: See the whole week of events.
Romney criticizes Biden’s team in talks with Covid Aid: sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said the Biden administration had given him “apparently false” information about its ability to buy more vaccines against Covid with existing funding earlier this year, and said his relationship with the White House was “shaken”. Romney was the lead negotiator for Covid’s $ 10 billion aid package, which remains stalled after Republicans tried to link immigration policy to legislation, Alex Ruof said.
He told Biden administration officials at a Senate health, education, labor and pensions committee hearing Thursday that he would not have backed his support for the package if the White House had been clearer about the funds available. This month, the administration transferred about $ 10 billion to coronavirus supplies and other next-generation vaccines and antivirals.
Floor of the house next week: The Chamber plans to vote on bills to end the special refusal that doctors must prescribe for the treatment of substance use disorders (HR 7666); to direct the federal government to collect voluntary data on sexual orientation and gender identity to measure discrimination (HR 4176); the creation of a new agency focused on developing medical breakthroughs for diseases such as cancer (HR 5585), improving mental health care for veterans (HR 6411); and provide treatment to veterinarians who have been exposed to toxic combustion pits (HR 3967) – adopted by the Senate yesterday – according to the majority leader Hoyer’s walls (D-Md.).
Industry and regulation
The FTC directs pharmacy agent fees: High drug rebates that pharmacy managers demand from drug manufacturers could violate federal competition laws if they stifle patient access, according to a policy statement unanimously adopted by the FTC on Thursday. The Federal Trade Commission has voted to issue a scheme on how it will use existing competition and consumer protection laws to investigate rebates and fees paid by drug manufacturers to pharmacy managers who administer prescription drug benefits. Read more from Celine Castroon.
Progress rules for resolving surprise billing battles: A regulation that may affect the way arbitrators resolve disputes over surprise invoicing cases is being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. A federal court in February overturned a temporary rule to instruct arbitrators to prefer the amount closest to the average online rate when settling payment disputes between insurers and healthcare providers offline. Read more from Sarah Hansard.
The age of Medicare 60 will reduce the uninsured, but will increase costs: Reducing the age of participation in Medicare from 65 to 60 will reduce the number of uninsured by 400,000 in 2023 and force 2.5 million people to leave their employer-sponsored health care to join the program, according to a study , published Thursday by the Urban Institute. The new entrants will increase Medicare spending by nearly $ 65 billion and the US deficit will increase by $ 504 billion in a decade, the analysis said. Read more from Tony Pew.
The WTO approves the revocation of vaccine patents to help fight the pandemic: The World Trade Organization approved a politically important deal Friday to ease intellectual property restrictions on the production of Covid-19 vaccines after nearly two years of efforts, including numerous summits and a lot of political handshakes, Bryce Bashchuk said.
What else to know today
The fight for low-income drug rebates is looming in the loss of the HHS Supreme Court: Loss of U.S. Supreme Court for HHS in Medicare case gives agency ammunition in wider battle for discounts for drugmakers for low-income Americans. All nine Supreme Court justices agreed that the HHS had wrongly cut $ 1 billion a year to reimburse hospitals for medicines through a program designed to help people in need. HHS and hospitals are now on the same side in another courtroom dispute over this program – whether HHS can require drug manufacturers to offer discounts on certain pharmacies. Read more from Ian Lopez and Ali Reed.
The monkeypox shows that the United States has learned little from Covid, say defenders: Testing for monkeypox in the United States is not enough to determine how widespread the virus is and where new cases are emerging, say infectious disease experts and advocates. While government laboratories have the capacity to test up to 8,000 samples per week, they use only 2% of this capacity. Madison Mueller has more.
Biogen is looking for a SCOTUS Description Standard Description: Biogen International is seeking the opinion of Supreme Court justices on how much support the inventor must provide to describe an adequate invention in a patent, a problem that divides the federal chain. Samantha Handler has more.
Employees postpone medical care amid financial pressure: Forty percent of employees surveyed by consulting firm Willis Towers Watson have postponed medical care in the past year. Twenty-five percent of these employees said they could not afford it, with most of this subgroup saying their health had suffered. Read more from Sarah Hansard.
Editor’s note: BGOV’s health briefing will not be published on Monday, June 20, a federal holiday marking June 16. Publication will resume on Tuesday, June 21.