Washington Health Care Update|January 16, 2024 

Today in Washington: Home Speaker and Senate Bulk Leader reach topline appropriations offer; OCR releases last guideline on conscience rights; Senate aid Committee Democrats launch examination into expense of asthma inhalers; State of the Union set up for March 7.

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Home Speaker and Senate Bulk Leader Reach Topline Appropriations Offer

On Jan. 7, Legislature Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Senate Bulk Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reached an arrangement on topline appropriations levels for 2024. The Speaker and Senate Bulk Leader accepted a topline quantity of $1.59 trillion, of which $886 billion would go to defense and $704 billion would go to non-defense discretionary costs.

Due to the tight turn-around before the approaching Jan. 19 financing due date, the Senate Bulk Leader has actually currently taken the very first procedural action on developing a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to permit more time to deal with the specifics of the arrangement and prevent a partial federal government shutdown. Nevertheless, it stays uncertain whether your house would pass a CR.

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Senate Aid Committee Democrats Release Examination into Expense of Asthma Inhalers

On Jan. 8, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sens. Baldwin (D-WI), Luján (D-NM) and Markey (D-MA) corresponded to the ceo of AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline and Teva, worrying the rates they charge for asthma inhalers.

The chairman and senators are worried over the strategies utilized on inhaler item patents and are inquiring on the expenses associated with inhaler production and asthma and persistent obstructive lung illness research study and advancement. This examination piggybacks on the Federal Trade Commission’s deal with poorly noted patents in the Fda’s Orange Book.

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