Medicaid drug pricing measures will be added to the overall stimulus bill

The Democrats in the House of Representatives are making major changes to Medicaid in the grand aid proposal that is advancing through Congress that would include more state money and controversial drug pricing.

Bloomberg: House plans Medicaid, drug price reform: stimulus update

Significant changes to Medicaid are included in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s stimulus proposal. State and local governments will receive $ 350 billion according to a draft stimulus package. The Democrats in the House of Representatives have budgeted for raw material purchases to help US farms. President Joe Biden endorsed a proposal to accelerate the $ 1,400 exit from planned economic controls. House and Senate Democrats clash over designing expanded support for the unemployed, an early sign of the intra-party dispute over the $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in the coming weeks. The debate comes as the House continues to release elements of the bill. A dozen different House Committees work on the specific components of Biden’s plan and release their parts over time. (2/9)

Statistics: House Democrats include drug pricing proposal in Covid-19 Aid Act

House Democrats are expected to insert controversial Medicaid drug pricing policy into a fast-paced Covid-19 relief bill, several health care lobbyists and a congressional assistant briefed on the package told STAT. The directive aims to help states recoup some of the costs they incur through their Medicaid programs when drug manufacturers raise the prices of certain drugs. (Cohrs, 2/9)

In Updates to Stimulus Checks –

The Hill: Biden supports House Democrats’ proposed threshold for COVID-19 checks

President Biden said Tuesday he would agree to a House Democratic proposal to phase out the next round of direct coronavirus aid payments to Americans earning more than $ 75,000, a major sticking point among some in the party. (Samuels, 2/9)

The Washington Post: Jamie Dimon, other CEOs meet with President Biden at the White House as the relief plan moves forward

President Biden met with JPMorgan Chase chairman Jamie Dimon and other business leaders at the White House Tuesday to discuss the government’s $ 1.9 trillion economic aid package while the Democrats work on it Plan to be expedited by Congress. Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, also attended the meeting; Sonia Syngal, CEO of Gap; Marvin Ellison, executive director of Lowe’s; and Tom Donohue of the US Chamber of Commerce. Vice President Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen also attended. (Stein and Werner, 2/9)

In news of abortion –

The Hill: Democrats urge Biden’s FDA to repeal personal abortion pill rule

A group of Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift the “medically unnecessary” restriction on the abortion pill that has been in place for several years. According to the FDA rule, mifepristone, which is used to terminate early pregnancy and treat early pregnancy loss, can only be dispensed in person, a requirement that was criticized again during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Hellmann, 2/9)

Politico: Democratic lawmakers urge FDA to lift abortion pill restrictions

Democrats on the House of Representatives oversight committee are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to repeal rules requiring individuals seeking drug abortion to receive the pills in person, citing pandemic health risks. Democratic women on the watchdog panel said in a letter to acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, first shared with POLITICO, that the agency must “immediately eliminate the medically unnecessary in-person delivery of mifepristone,” referring to one of two drugs, those involved in abortion drugs. (Ollstein, 2/9)

In other congressional news –

The Washington Post: Legislature urges Biden to support opioid treatment measures

A bipartisan group of lawmakers urges President Biden to have more doctors prescribe an opioid treatment drug in what has proven to be an early test of his administration’s opioid strategy. Efforts are focused on the “X-Waiver,” a two-decade-old requirement first mandated by Congress that doctors must complete a day of training before they could prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorders. (Diamond, 2/9)

The Hill: Advocacy Group Launches Congressional Public Relations Campaign on Paid Family Vacation

A national advocacy group puts six characters behind a new advertising campaign that is pressuring Congress to include paid family and sick leave in the COVID-19 relief package. PL + US’s ad, running in Washington, DC, during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and CNN’s “The Situation Room,” contains emotional statements from paid family vacation attorney Mai Ton about her personal experience with a newborn child at a . reports the time when her father was dying. (Easy, 2/9)

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