Congress on Tuesday took steps to bolster America’s defenses against COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics by accelerating the pipeline of tests, treatments and vaccines and improving federal data collection.
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The most significant change in the abortion landscape may not be the looming Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, but a pill that arrives by mail and can be taken at home.
The Biden administration plans to remove a Trump-era conscience clause that protected medical workers from participating in services like abortions and transgender sex-change treatments.
The Senate voted Wednesday to get rid of President Biden’s vaccine mandate on health workers at places that receive federal funding in a political messaging move ahead of the midterm elections.
President Biden will promote a new “988” crisis hotline and outline funding to combat the harmful effects of social media when he devotes a portion of his State of the Union Address to the “unprecedented mental health crisis” in the country, the White House said.
The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Robert M. Califf as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, overcoming vocal opposition from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III and other Democrats who said President Biden’s pick was too cozy with the pharmaceutical industry.
The Supreme Court put President Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for large companies on hold Thursday, shutting down the policy just days after it began to take effect.
President Biden said Thursday he will procure an additional 500 million COVID-19 tests for free shipment to U.S. homes, doubling the government’s purchase to 1 billion tests as he tries to meet surging demand for diagnostics.
The federal government has secured 50 million of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests President Biden promised to Americans and will begin delivering them before the end of January, a health official said Tuesday at a Senate hearing in which administration officials faced a grilling from both parties over the dearth of COVID-19 tests and confusing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Former Sen. David Perdue outlined a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” Monday, hoping concerns around parental involvement in school and COVID-19 shutdowns will help him win the governor’s seat in Georgia after education resonated for voters in last year’s contests.
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Tuesday the latest offer in the ongoing fight over allowing Medicare to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs.
President Biden used the start of the Obamacare enrollment period Monday to promote the “Build Back Better” agenda that’s languishing on Capitol Hill, saying big federal subsidies that Democrats approved earlier this year herded people into the 2010 program and should be extended to reel in more.
House Democrats on Tuesday moved to make permanent a dramatic expansion of Obamacare that includes giving government subsidies for health insurance to the poor and wealthy alike.
The heads of the nation’s major pharmaceutical companies on Wednesday warned that Democrats’ plan to let Medicare set drug prices would push some of them out of business.
President Biden on Thursday demanded Congress take action to lower prescription drug prices, accusing drugmakers of pinching Americans with increasing drug prices.
Impatient with years of inaction in Washington on prescription drug costs, U.S. hospital groups, startups and nonprofits have started making their own medicines in a bid to combat stubbornly high prices and persistent shortages of drugs with little competition.
Liberal Senate Democrats are pushing to include a new federal health care program in the $3.5 trillion spending package they outlined on Monday. It would provide free medical insurance to 4.4 million more people, mostly low-income minorities, in Republican states that have not expanded Medicaid.
More than 2 million people have selected an Obamacare plan since President Biden reopened the marketplace in February, the administration said Wednesday, trumpeting an “all-time high” in enrollment as it promotes supercharged subsidies that patched affordability gaps in the law.
Former President Donald Trump expressed disappointment with two of his Supreme Court appointees on Monday, chiding Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett for upholding the Affordable Care Act after its legality was challenged by Republican-led states.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Affordable Care Act after its legality was challenged by a group of Republican-led states, keeping health care coverage intact for more than 30 million people.
The Supreme Court preserved insurance coverage for millions of Americans Thursday, rejecting the third major challenge to the national health care law known as “Obamacare.”
A liberal plan to force down the prices of prescription drugs is gaining momentum in Washington, promising huge savings for the elderly but risking fewer new cures from a downsized pharmaceutical industry.
The Supreme Court is expected to wrap up its term by the end of June, but the justices still have dozens of cases awaiting rulings, including legal battles over the future of Obamacare, student speech in the digital age, voting rights and religious liberty.
Rep. Scott Peters is a harbinger of doom for a bill aimed at lowering drug prices, one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s top priorities.
President Biden on Tuesday said that 1 million Americans have selected a health plan since he reopened the main Obamacare website three months ago.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Thursday that 940,000 people have selected health coverage on the main Obamacare sign-up website since the start of a special enrollment period in February.
President Biden wants his supersized Obamacare subsidies to last forever, proving his push to inject cash into the program was not so much a balm for pandemic pains as a push to fix glaring affordability gaps in the 2010 law.
Sen. Bernard Sanders said Tuesday that he would rewrite President Biden’s massive social-program spending bill to include allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices from pharmaceutical companies.
The Biden administration on Wednesday said half a million Americans had selected a health insurance plan on the federal Obamacare signup portal since the start of a special enrollment period in February.
President Biden reprised his role as Obamacare salesman Tuesday in a bid to reach people who’ve been left in the cold by the durable-yet-faulty law, extending a special enrollment period by three months and betting enhanced subsidies will make a dent in the roughly 30 million who remain uninsured.
President Biden’s COVID-19 relief law is dangling $16.4 billion in front of the 12 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid under Obamacare to get them to join up, saying the pandemic is a bad time for their residents to be going without health coverage.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the Republicans’ push for a quick replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg comes down to the partisan battle over the Affordable Care Act.
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