ADEA Washington Update

Sen. Schumer in the Spotlight as Sen. Reid Retires as Minority Leader

Senate | Permanent link

The Senate’s top Democrat, Harry Reid (D-NV), will retire in January after 30 years in the Senate, leaving a mixed voting record on health care issues. Reid’s votes over the years supported the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulating the tobacco industry,... Click Here To Read More

Federal Regulators Issue Guidance on Subsidies for Graduate Students’ Health Insurance

ACA, HHS, Department of Education, Graduate Students | Permanent link

Federal regulators issued guidance on graduate student health insurance subsidies. The guidance was prepared jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human... Click Here To Read More

ED Revises Form for Income-Driven Repayment Plans

Department of Education, Financial Aid | Permanent link

The Department of Education (ED) has revised the form it uses for both Direct Loan and Federal Family Education Loan Program borrowers.

The revised Income-Driven Repayment Request (IDR Request) ... Click Here To Read More

CMS Targets Millennials for Open Enrollment Period

ACA, HHS, Medicare and Medicaid Services, CHIP | Permanent link

Although young adults have seen the sharpest drop in uninsured rates since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of millennials still have not obtained insurance.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a ... Click Here To Read More

CMS Builds Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Repository

Medicare and Medicaid Services, Public Health | Permanent link

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is creating a central data repository to help eligible providers and hospitals find out which public health agencies and clinical data registries are able to receive electronic public health reporting.... Click Here To Read More

Ontario Legislature Bans Cities From Removing Fluoride From Drinking Water

Canada, Fluoride, Public Health | Permanent link

On Oct. 6, the Ontario legislature voted to ban cities from removing fluoride from municipal drinking water. The House voted to repeal the Fluoridation Act and replace it with various provisions in the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, and amend the Ontario Municipal Act from the ability of cities to opt out or fail to opt into... Click Here To Read More

White House Proclaims National Opioid and Heroin Awareness Week

Legislation, House, Senate, HHS, Department of Justice, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse, Public Health | Permanent link

In a presidential proclamation, the Obama administration reaffirmed its commitment to fighting opioid addiction and declared Sept.... Click Here To Read More

Congress Passes Short-term Continuing Resolution

Funding, Legislation, House, Senate | Permanent link

On Sept. 29, President Obama signed into law legislation to keep the federal government operating through Dec. 9, 2016.  The short-term continuing resolution (CR) means Congress will have to revisit funding the federal government for fiscal year 2017 (FY) after the presidential ... Click Here To Read More

Senator Introduces Bill to Include Dental Therapists in Certain Programs

Senate, Alternative Workforce Models, Dental Hygiene Therapy, Dental Therapist, Public Health | Permanent link

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has introduced a bill that aims to strengthen the rural health care workforce, S.B. 3190, the Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act of 2016. Sen. Franken added “dental therapist” to language... Click Here To Read More

Legislation Introduced to Delay Implementation of the Overtime Rule

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Sen. Lankford (R-OK) introduced a bill titled the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act, which proposes to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s... Click Here To Read More

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