ADEA Washington Update

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

Congress Considers an Update to Student Privacy Law

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A House subcommittee considers major changes to the key law safeguarding student information, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), for the first time since it was signed into law in 1974. 

“Despite the advent of computers, the Internet, Wi-Fi, cloud services, et cetera, FERPA has not been significantly updated since... Click Here To Read More

House Relaunches Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus

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The House of Representatives relaunched its Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus, a bipartisan group that will focus on “challenges and opportunities” involving graduate medical education (GME).  

The caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN). Roe is a board-certified... Click Here To Read More

Senate Effort Aims to Streamline College and University Regulations

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A 144-page report, titled Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities, released by a group of 16 higher education experts addresses how to streamline federal regulations affecting the nation’s 6,000 colleges and universities to prevent... Click Here To Read More

Sens. Alexander and Murray Announce Health IT Security Initiative

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the committee, began an initiative to explore how Congress can better secure electronic health information and prevent cyber threats.   

Patients, hospitals,... Click Here To Read More

Office of National Coordinator Releases “Roadmap” for Interoperability

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A roadmap detailing the path to reach an “interoperable health IT ecosystem” by 2024 was released by the coordinator of the government’s health information technology effort. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) laid out a ... Click Here To Read More