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Mental health bill advances to House floor

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 15, 2016

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), passed 53-0 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Murphy first introduced the bill a year after the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings that killed 26, including 20 children.

Lawmakers, experts outline steps to battle drug-resistant superbugs

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 14, 2016

Congress can fight antibiotic resistance by funding programs to curb unnecessary prescriptions, speeding up the drug development process and improving testing to determine whether a patient has a virus or a bacterial infection, federal health experts said Tuesday.

Several bills with ACA tweaks set for markup

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 14, 2016

The House Ways and Means Committee will discuss legislation Wednesday that exempts some businesses from the large-employer mandate as well as bills that include changes to health savings accounts.

NIH funding boost advances in Congress

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 07, 2016

A funding bill that includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health along with more money toward fighting the opioid epidemic passed a Senate subcommittee Tuesday and will be considered by the full committee this week.

Blog: New health reform bill shows why Republicans struggle with replacing Obamacare

By Harris Meyer  |  May 31, 2016

Sweeping new legislation unveiled by two congressional Republicans to partly repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act highlights the formidable political and policy challenges the GOP faces in taking on a law that has significantly expanded coverage and made popular changes in insurance practices.

Senators seek lawmakers' focus on mental health reform

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 21, 2016

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) hope a gathering of mental health professionals this week will remind their fellow legislators that time is running out to reform the country's mental health system.

CMS talk, policy at odds in eliminating health disparities

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 21, 2016

I read with great interest the recent Q&A “We're trying to build the business case for achieving health equity,” (April 25, p. 30), based on an interview with Cara James, Ph.D., director of the CMS' Office of Minority Health.

Bill targets socio-economic factors in hospital readmissions

Bill targets socio-economic factors in hospital readmissions

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 19, 2016

The bipartisan legislation put forward this week would also allow off-campus hospital outpatient departments currently under construction to continue receiving higher rates than similar facilities that aren't owned by hospitals.

House OKs bipartisan drug abuse bills, but Dems want money

By Associated Press  |  May 12, 2016

The House has approved a mountain of bills addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, fueled by lawmakers' bipartisan craving for election-year action on the deadly epidemic. Yet the measures are leaving anti-drug advocates underwhelmed, and Congress won't decide till later how much money it's...

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