ADEA Washington Update

President Obama Vetoes ACA Repeal Legislation

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On Jan. 8, President Obama vetoed H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (Reconciliation Act). The legislation passed in the House in October and the Senate in December with strong Republican support. The bill sought to... Click Here To Read More

Court Refuses to Review Case Challenging the ACA

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The Supreme Court refused to take another case challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The justices rejected Sissel v. HHS (Sissel) which contended that Congress violated the Constitution when it approved the ACA in 2010 by originating a... Click Here To Read More

Senate HELP Committee Will Not Take Up House Version of 21st Century Cures

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The House has been informed that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will not take up the 21st Century Cures Act passed by the House. Instead, HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said members will vote on separate bills addressing different issues, ranging from neurological diseases research to electronic... Click Here To Read More

Representative Urges House Budget Chair to Stick with Spending Caps

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The ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, Nita Lowey (D-NY), sent a letter to House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) urging him to stick with... Click Here To Read More

Senate HELP Committee Approves Robert Califf, M.D., to Lead FDA

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On Jan. 12, the Senate Health, Education, Pensions and Labor Committee (HELP) approved by voice vote the nomination of Robert Califf, M.D., to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Califf currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Medical Products and Tobacco. Dr. Califf was nominated to succeed Margaret Hamburg,... Click Here To Read More

NIH Releases FY16–20 Strategic Plan

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On Dec. 16, 2014, Congress passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (P.L.113-235). The act directed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to submit an NIH-wide five-year Strategic Plan to Congress within one year. To fulfill the... Click Here To Read More

FDA Launches Platform to Improve DNA Sequencing Collaboration

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched its beta-tested, cloud-based platform called precisionFDA, which scientists can use to share and compare genomic information.

The platform, developed by the startup company DNAnexus, is part of the White... Click Here To Read More

GME Accreditation Systems Merger Goes Forward

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Nearly two years ago, the country’s two major accreditation bodies for graduate medical education (GME) reached an agreement to have... Click Here To Read More

Law Banning Flavored Tobacco Products Takes Effect in New Brunswick

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The New Brunswick Department of Health announced that legislation expanding the reach of the province’s Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales... Click Here To Read More

Court Revisits Fisher and Holistic Admissions

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On Dec. 9, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a second time in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Earlier rulings in the case at the... Click Here To Read More