No one was terribly surprised that some centrist Republican senators such as Maine's Susan Collins balked at backing a bill to roll back Obamacare's coverage expansions, weaken its consumer protections and slash Medicaid.
Senate GOP leaders immediately tempered any enthusiasm that may have burgeoned after the House's narrow 217-213 approval of the American Health Care Act by cautioning that they will significantly overhaul the package, if not write their own version.
Sources say President-elect Donald Trump's transition team for HHS will be led by Andrew Bremberg, who worked at the agency under President George W. Bush and was an adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and during Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's presidential bid.
President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republican leaders are promising to make repeal and replacement of the ACA one of their highest priorities in the first 100 days after they take full control of the federal government in January. But they face a rocky road.
It was still a mystery at deadline who President-elect Donald Trump might pick to run HHS and its agencies. Sources told Modern Healthcare that Andrew Bremberg, an adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, would lead the transition team on healthcare policy.
Leaders on both sides of the aisle maintain that passing the 21st Century Cures Act, which would include funding for both of the major research initiatives, is a priority before year-end. Whether they'll succeed, however, remains to be seen.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week unveiled a bill that would prevent a government shutdown and provide more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus.
Congressional aides say that Republicans have offered to drop especially controversial provisions involving pesticide regulations and work schedules for long-haul truckers.
Driven by a desire to free up endangered lawmakers to campaign, congressional negotiators are working to quickly complete a spending bill to prevent an election-season government shutdown and finally provide money to battle the threat of the Zika virus.
No one has articulated a strategy for removing the estimated 350,000 mentally ill people incarcerated in the nation's jails and prisons. And no one is talking about how to fund a sharp increase in the number of long-term psychiatric beds in hospitals and other institutions. They clearly are needed.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Monday that the federal health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama is likely to undergo changes next year, regardless of who wins the White House and which...
Efforts are underway in Congress to pass bills on mental health reform, opioid misuse and biomedical advances, but none are likely to make it far until lawmakers can agree on how to fund them.