ADEA Washington Update

Obama Administration Authorizes Additional Zika Virus Funding

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Despite repeated requests from President Obama for $1.9 billion to combat the Zika virus, Congress adjourned for its August recess without approving emergency funding. As a result, $81 million in existing funding is being reallocated for this purpose, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced.... Click Here To Read More

Congress Considers Rolling Back Some Sunshine Act Reporting Requirements

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Congress is continuing its efforts to roll back some of the reporting requirements mandated by the 2010 Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act or Open Payments). Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), one of three physicians in the Senate, has introduced ... Click Here To Read More

Senators Urge Executive Action on CDC Opioid Guidelines

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Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Capito (R-WV) sent a ... Click Here To Read More

CBO Releases Latest Analysis of Sequestration’s Impact

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In its latest sequestration update, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that appropriations for discretionary funding through the middle of 2016 have not exceeded the mandatory budget caps. That means that... Click Here To Read More

Pediatric Stand-Alone Dental Plans’ Cost to be Considered when Figuring Tax Credits

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In a major victory for dental health advocates, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says it will take into account the cost of stand-alone pediatric dental health plans when calculating tax credits for health insurance premiums purchased under the Affordable Care... Click Here To Read More

Next Gainful Employment Reporting Due Oct. 1

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The Department of Education’s Gainful Employment program has announced that its deadline for the 2015–16 award year is Oct.... Click Here To Read More

Surgeon General Launches Website to Provide Tools for Opioid Prescribers

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In August, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy launched, a digital component of the Turn the Tide Rx campaign, which is engaging prescribers in the battle against opioid abuse. 

The website was... Click Here To Read More

Supreme Court Upholds University of Texas’ Use of Race in Holistic Admissions Review

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On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, held that the race-conscious admissions program used by the University of Texas at... Click Here To Read More

White House Proposes Initiative to Study Microbiomes

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Research into microbiomes is set to get a boost under a White House plan that would direct $121 million to start unraveling microbiomes mysteries. A White House ... Click Here To Read More

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY17 Funding Bill

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On June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for FY17, ... Click Here To Read More

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