Category: Federal


CBO Releases Report on Impact of Ending Cost-Sharing Reductions

On Tuesday this week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report requested by House Democrats analyzing the potential impact of terminating payments for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) on the federal budget, health insurance coverage, market stability, and health insurance premiums. Under current law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to offer plans with reduced…

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FDA Announces Comprehensive Tobacco and Nicotine Regulatory Plan

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new comprehensive plan to regulate tobacco and nicotine as part of a multi-year roadmap to better protect children and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death. At the center of the FDA’s regulatory efforts is a focus on nicotine and the issue of addiction. The agency…

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Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

Speaking to reporters this week, President Donald Trump indicated he is preparing to declare the growing opioid epidemic a “national emergency.” By declaring the epidemic an emergency, Trump promised “to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.” The Trump Administration is reportedly still drafting…

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CDC Releases Violence Prevention Technical Packages

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released technical guidance packages to assist local health departments and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent and reduce violence. Each technical package is intended as a resource and information guide on prevention decision-making in communities in areas of sexual violence, child…

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National Academies to Host ACEs-Related Workshop Next Week

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will be hosting a two-day workshop entitled, The Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Impacts of Trauma, next week on July 31-August 1. The workshop will feature a significant focus on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by taking a systems-based approach to exploring ways in which the growing body of…

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Senate Republicans Release Revised ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act’

Upon returning from their Independence Day Recess this week, Senate Republicans unveiled their revised version of the ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act’ to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans experienced intense turmoil from within their party and stiff opposition from the general public after releasing their initial discussion draft of the BCRA on June 22….

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