HEALTH CARE NEWSLETTER: Submission for GOP votes on insulin bill
Senate Democrats have put a central piece of their drug pricing agenda in the hands of fellow Republicans, only to learn they aren’t rushing to hand over a victory. That confidence could delay the price cap on insulin, which can cost nearly $100 per vial in the United States, more than five times the average cost in Canada.
Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer (DN.Y.) said he plans to vote soon on a measure by a bipartisan duo to cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month. But passing the measure offered by de Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.)—requires Republican support, and top GOP senators say they aren’t ready for a vote yet.
“I agree that we need to deal with insulin, but I don’t think they have the right mechanism to do that yet,” Sen said. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee. Crapo said he agrees with Republicans wanting to hold a hearing on the bill before it goes to a floor vote. Learn more about Alex Ruoff.
Democrats decided earlier to drop insulin-related provisions of a huge partisan spending bill, but new demands from the senator. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) are threatening to remove other health-related measures from legislation. Manchin told Schumer he was only willing to support legislation to lower prescription drug prices and expand the Affordable Care Act’s enhanced subsidies, according to three people familiar with the matter.
That leaves Democrats in a position to accept a much leaner package stripped of almost all of their long-term ambitions from a year ago, or get nothing. Still, the loss of the Medicare solvency expansion plans and other provisions will be a bitter pill for many Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the White House. Ari Natter, Steven T. Dennis and Colin Wilhelm have more.
It also happens on the Hill
FDA funding in jeopardy as lawmakers diverge on user fee deal: Food and Drug Administration funding is in question after a key negotiator, the senator. Richard Burer (RN.C.) Thursday offered to forgo months of efforts to overhaul the agency’s fast-track approval system. House leaders are now urging the Senate to vote quickly on their proposal (HR 7667) to reauthorize industry user fees that help fund the FDA after the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee proposed a simplified version devoid of several previously negotiated provisions. Learn more about Céline Castronuovo and Alex Ruoff.
Imports of infant formula: U.S. tariffs on infant formula would be temporarily suspended under HR 8351 — slated for a House vote on Friday — following a shortage caused by supply chain issues and recalls of formula produced in the country. BGOV OnPoint: Congress Races to Address Infant Formula Shortage
Senators to present the bill on the decriminalization of weed: Senate Democrats plan to introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level next week, a person familiar with the matter said, though the legislation faces long struggles in the equally divided chamber. Schumer worked with Sens. Cory Booker (DN.J.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on measure. Jarrell Dillard has more.
The American Abortion Landscape
House to Vote on Abortion Bills Doomed: The House is scheduled to vote today on two bills that would enshrine the right to abortion and the right to travel out of state for an abortion into law. None of the laws should become law amid a wall of opposition from Senate Republicans. The invoices are:
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) yesterday sought to quickly pass legislation (S. 4504) similar to HR 8297 after Senate Democrats spent the morning calling for his protections. But sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) blocked the bill’s swift passage, Zach C. Cohen reports.
Texas sues to block emergency abortion rule: Texas has sued to block a new rule from the Biden administration that emergency medical abortions in hospitals take priority over state bans on such procedures. The requirement to protect pregnant patients facing serious medical complications “aims to turn every emergency room in the country into a walk-in abortion clinic,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. Learn more about Erik Larson.
MORE ON ROE FALL:
- In South Carolina, two abortion providers sued the state, demanding a statement that a law banning abortions after about six weeks violates the state constitution. It is the latest in a series of cases that have been filed to end restrictions on abortion under state constitutions. Read more from Mary Anne Pazanowski.
- Tech industry group House of Progress urges Justice Department to curb law enforcement’s search for digital data such as location history following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Read more from Andrea Vittorio.
- The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology will hold a virtual certification exam in the fall in part due to concerns for the safety of future OB-GYNs following the Supreme Court ruling. About a thousand prospective OB-GYNs were expected to travel to Texas in the fall to take their certification exam, which advocates say could increase their risk of being prosecuted under Texas’s strict anti-abortion law. the state. Learn more about Allie Reed.
- Related: Big Law Generally Silent On Abortion Assistance As Texas Battle Rages On
What else to know today
Tobacco-free vaping makers face FDA moves: The FDA said it issued warnings to more than 100 retailers for illegally selling synthetic nicotine products to underage Americans, marking its first enforcement actions in an industry that has long been without federal oversight. Céline Castronuovo has more.
Nursing homes seek latitude over staff mandate and funds to meet it: Nursing homes are looking for a lot of flexibility, forgiveness and funding when the Biden administration implements its mandatory minimum staffing requirements for facilities next year. Read more from Tony Pugh.
9-8-8 Suicide Hotline for transition this weekend: The transition from the national suicide hotline to the “easy to remember” 988 begins July 16, an HHS official told reporters. The Biden administration has invested more than $430 million in the change, and last year the hotline received 13% more calls, 148% more chats and 77% more texts, said the manager. However, success will depend on how states run their call centers, reports Shira Stein.
With the help of Zach C. Cohen and Shira Stein
To contact the reporter on this story: Brandon Lee in washington at [email protected]