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NEA president: Republican leaders’ immigration bills are inhumane

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House Subcommittee Approves Draft Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

June 15, 2018 —The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee June 15 approved its draft fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill, teeing up full committee consideration as soon as the week of June 18. The spending package rejects many of the president’s FY 2019 budget provisions, including proposals to dramatically reduce funding for ...

CMS Postpones the July 2018 Update to the Hospital Quality Star Ratings

June 15, 2018—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) June 12 announced that it is postponing the July 2018 release of updated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on the Hospital Compare website “to give time for additional analysis of the impact of the changes to some of the measures . . . and to address st...

House to Consider Immigration, DACA Legislation

June 15, 2018—Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that the House of Representatives would vote the week of June 18 on a broad immigration package and a more conservative proposal from House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). The announcement scuttles a discharge petition that garnered 216 of the 218 signatures necessary to force a House vote on a series of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation, including the AAMC-endorsed DREAM Act [...

Senate Appropriators, House Approve FY 2019 MilCon-VA Spending Bills

June 8, 2018—The Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee June 5 and full Appropriations Committee ...

AAMC Submits Comments to CMS on Direct Provider Contracting Request for Information

May 30, 2018—The AAMC May 25 submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Request for Information on creating a new direct provider contracting model demonstration in Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid.  Under the model, CMS could contract directly with participating practices...

GAO Announces MedPAC Appointments

May 30, 2018—The Government Accountability Office (GAO) May 29 announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). The new commissioners include: Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas Marjorie Ginsburg, BSN, MPH, Sacramento, CA ...

VA Researchers Visit Capitol Hill to Discuss Opioids, Chronic Pain

May 25, 2018—The AAMC, as a member of Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA), May 24 hosted a standing room-only Congressional briefing titled “Understanding Opioids and Chronic Pain: From Bench to Bedside.” Presenters included Rachel Ramoni DMD, ScD, Chief Research and Development Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and three researchers with dual appointments at different VA medical centers and the affiliated academic medical centers....

VA MISSION Act Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

May 25, 2018—The full Senate May 23 considered the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 after passing the House May 16. The Senate also passed the legislation by a vote of 92-5. The ne...

House and Senate Set FY 2019 Funding Allocations

May 25, 2018—Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees May 23 and May 24, respectively, met to formally set funding levels, or 302(b) allocations, for all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2019. While both chambers adhere to the topline $1.244 trillion discretionary spending cap established by the February budget deal [see Washington Highlig...

Congressional Committees Consider Health Care Workforce Needs in Hearings

May 25, 2018—The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) May 22 conducted a hearing titled “The Health Care Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving Care.” The same week, the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Subcommittee on Health May 23 examined another healthcare workforce program, the Children’s Hospit...

National Education Association Presidents reacts to yet another school shooting

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On the Hill

May 18, 2018—President Trump May 18 nominated Robert Wilkie to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Wilkie is currently serving as the acting Secretary. Before his position as acting Secretary, Mr. Wilkie served as the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at Department of Defense. ...

Texas State Teachers Association and National Education Association Presidents react to Santa Fe, TX school shooting

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House Introduces $15 Billion White House Rescission Package

May 11, 2017—House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) May 10 introduced legislation (H.R. 3) to rescind $15 billion in federal spending, including cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), and Ebola funding, as proposed by the White House in a May 8 ...

House, Senate Committees Explore VA Legislative and Budget Proposals

May 11, 2018—Two House Committees May 8 held markups and advanced legislation on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issues. The House VA Committee convened to markup various legislation including the community care proposal, while the House Appropriations Committee marked up...

Senate Releases PAHPA Reauthorization Discussion Draft

May 11, 2018—The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee April 26 released a discussion draft to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) [see Washington Highlights, March 9, 2012]. The ...

Alaska Paraeducator Wins “Recognizing Inspiring School Employees” (RISE) Award, To Be Honored at Ceremony in Washington D.C.

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National Teacher Day honors America’s educators

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HRSA Releases Proposed Rule Delaying Implementation of 340B Ceiling Price Requirements

May 3, 2018—The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a proposed rule delaying the implementation of the 340B Drug Pricing Program ceiling price and manufacturer civil monetary penalties final rule to July 1, 2019. The regulation was initially...