ADEA Washington Update

House Committee Unanimously Approves 21st Century Cures Act; Increases NIH Funding

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On May 21, in a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 51 to 0 to approve the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill to accelerate the pace of medical innovation by, among other things, funding innovative research.

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21st Century Cures Act Could Change EHR and Payment Reporting Requirements

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In addition to addressing its primary goal of accelerating medical innovation, the 21st Century Cures Act is expected to make changes to current Affordable Care Act requirements regarding the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and the reporting of payments to physicians, including... Click Here To Read More

Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Precision Medicine

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A Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee hearing on precision medicine explored the adequacy of NIH funding and new approaches to genomic sequencing, but the senators focused significant attention on electronic health records (EHRs).

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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Explores Rural Health Programs

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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a May 7 hearing on issues involving rural health, including the difficulty in attracting health care personnel... Click Here To Read More

Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin Chair the New Senate NIH Caucus

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The Senate has created a new “NIH Caucus” focused on supporting the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) will co-chair the newly formed caucus.

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Congress Agrees to First 10-Year Budget Framework Since 2001

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The Senate passed a 10-year balanced budget on May 5 that continues to maintain the budget caps mandated by the sequester (the across-the-board budget cuts that took place in 2013) and provides other steep cuts in domestic spending. At the same time, the non-binding budget framework does not raise taxes and increases defense spending by... Click Here To Read More

Department of Education Approves Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) Plan

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The Department of Education (ED) has agreed on an income-based repayment program that is open to all borrowers, no matter when they took out their loans. The new proposal is called Revised Pay As Your Earn, or REPAYE.

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ADEA Signs-on to Three Letters on Issues Related to the Higher Education Act Reauthorization

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The American Council on Education (ACE) has sent separate letters in response to three white papers by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on issues related to the reauthorization of the Higher... Click Here To Read More

HHS Designates ACA Funding for Community Health Centers

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On May 5, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that HHS will give $101 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to health center sites across the United States. The funding will be used in help create more than 160... Click Here To Read More

NIH Expands Medical Research Scholars Program to 55 Students

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the fourth class of its prestigious Medical Research Scholars Program (MSRP) is its biggest yet, with 54 medical students and one dental student representing 37 U.S.-accredited universities.

The yearlong enrichment program is designed to give medical, dental and... Click Here To Read More