ADEA Washington Update

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

Supreme Court Rules Against North Carolina Dental Board

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A state licensing board composed of active market participants does not have automatic immunity from antitrust laws, the Supreme Court held on Feb. 25, 2015 in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. The... Click Here To Read More

House Once Again Passes Bill to Repeal ACA

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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted again to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. The Feb. 3 vote, which passed by a 239–186 margin, was the 67th House vote to somehow alter the law—whether by repealing it, defunding it or changing one or more of its provisions—according to a CNN... Click Here To Read More

Rep. Ryan: GOP Must Have “Contingency Plan” if Supreme Court Guts ACA

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Republicans must prepare alternative legislation in case the Supreme Court guts a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the chamber’s top tax-writing panel.

“We have to have a contingency plan,” Ryan said on Feb. 13 in a briefing... Click Here To Read More

NIDCR Gets Increase in President’s Budget Proposal

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President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget proposal provides a raft of increased spending. This includes a $1 billion increase—to $31.311 billion—for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Of the total $1 billion NIH budget increase, some 90%... Click Here To Read More

Both Senate and House Democrats Seek to Extend Funding for CHIP

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On Feb. 12, Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced companion bills to extend funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. CHIP, which was established in 1997 and serves about 10 million children, has authorization through 2019. However, without new funding, the program will run out of money on... Click Here To Read More

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