Posted by: Audrey Erbes | August 6, 2017

Health Care Bipartisanship in Both House and Senate

Will Bipartisanship on Health Care Reforms Work?

Some bipartisan support within both the Senate and House exist to fix problems with Obamacare but they may not be able to get a lot done at this time. One deadline that impacts the quality of healthcare comes Sept. 27 when insurance companies will negotiate with federal government on costs of care for 2018.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said the Senate health committee will hold bipartisan health care hearings on how to repair the individual market. In the House, a group of 40 lawmakers from both parties endorsed an outline of ideas aimed at making urgent fixes to Obamacare. This step toward bipartisanship on health care comes as some Republicans disagree with Trump’s plan to let Obamacare die. Trump wants to let go attempts to do anything but allow Obamacare to fail by stopping required payments for cost sharing that impacts about 15 million recipients.

In the House the group consisting of about 40 Republicans and Democrats called the Problem Solvers have been working on ideas to solve problems with existing health care. The group’s proposal includes; (1) mandatory funding for cost-sharing reduction payments; (2) the creation of a stability fund; (3) a repeal of the medical device tax; and (4) to raise the threshold of the employer mandate so that companies with 500 employees or more, rather than 50, are required to provide workers with health insurance.

A spokesperson for Paul Ryan says there are no plans to move such above legislation forward any time soon.

(Source: Senator announces bipartisan health care hearing on Obamacare By Madison Park, CNN at

Highlights of Life Science Events Week of August 6, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, August 8, 2017, Topic: “Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance, the Past, Present and Future, Speaker: Anupam Agarwal, MD, MPH, Head of Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance, Zogenix, Inc.
  • AWIS SF, Tuesday Evening, August 8, 2017, Event: Monthly Journal Club
  • WIB-San Francisco, Wednesday Evening, August 9, 2017, Topic: “Exploring Themes in Translational Research: An Essential Element of Therapeutic Development, The panel includes our moderator, Maureen Cronin, Ph.D. (Executive Director of Informatics and Knowledge Utilization at Celgene), and panelists: Oranee Daniels, M.D. (CMO at Antiva Bioscience), Ellen Filvaroff, Ph.D. (Senior Director in Translational Development at Celgene), Nancy K. Pryer, Ph.D. (Vice President of Translational Sciences at BioMarin), and Victoria Sung, Ph.D. (Director of Translational Development at Celgene)
  • AWIS Potluck Picnic, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, Event: 11th Annual NCC-AWIS picnic

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through October 2017 with Audreys PicksAugust 6, 2017.



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