On May 6, Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation to permit borrowers with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new student borrowers.
On May 14, the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control held a hearing prompted by the upswing in prescription drugs and heroin abuse.
Approval of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, appears all but assured after a bipartisan group of senators on two key committees endorsed her nomination.
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On April 22, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in its
ruling on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The
Court’s decision upheld a constitutional amendment that Michigan voters
approved to ban the consideration of race and gender in public
education. The Michigan ballot initiative, known as Proposal 2, was passed in 2006 by 58 percent of voters.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced a bill that would expand
access to primary care through workforce initiatives, enhanced
reimbursements and increased accountability for Graduate Medical
Education (GME) funds.
Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have signaled their support
for federal health care workforce programs as their colleagues on
Capitol Hill gear up to begin work on appropriations bills for FY15.
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), a senior member of the House Energy and
Commerce Committee, has introduced a bill that would increase U.S.
investments in biomedical research. The Helping Encourage Advancements
in Lifesaving Science or America HEALS Act would create a mandatory
trust fund dedicated to supporting research at the National Institutes
of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
Department of Defense Health Program and the Veterans Medical &
Prosthetics Research Program. The legislation would increase funding for
these agencies and programs at a rate of GDP-indexed inflation plus 5%
As the deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage through the new federal and state marketplaces neared on March 31, a surge in enrollments carried the number of purchasers over the 6 million mark—inching closer to the Obama Administration’s initial target of 7 million.
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