Author: Alexandra Sange

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Lawmakers Work Toward Bipartisan Deal to Avert Sequestration

With just two weeks to go before the election, and the lame-duck session just around the corner, a small group of Senators is working in earnest to avert sequestration, which will go into effect in January.  For months, advocacy groups on all sides have warned lawmakers of the significant negative impact such blunt, across-the-board cuts …

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President Obama Signs Law Extending Visa Waiver Program for International Medical Graduates

by Abigail Pinkele On September 28, President Obama signed into law, S. 3245, which reauthorizes certain key immigration programs such as the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program that would have otherwise expired on September 30, 2012. Foreign physicians who complete their residency training in the US are required to return to their home …

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Health Center Leaders Featured at Congressional Black Caucus Annual Conference

Last Friday, September 21st, Community Health Center leaders from around the country briefed Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Hill and Administration staff, and attendees of the CBC’s 42nd Annual Legislative Conference on access to primary care in their communities.  Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) moderated the discussion and both he and Minority Whip Steny …

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Announcing the First-Ever Senate Community Health Centers Caucus!

This week Senators Carper (D-DE), Cornyn (R-TX), Cardin (D-MD), Blunt (R-MO), Stabenow (D-MI) and Boozman (R-AR) announced the formation of the very first Senate Community Health Centers Caucus.  On Monday, these  6 members sent out a Dear Colleague Letter announcing the establishment of the new bipartisan caucus and seeking new members.  While a House Community …

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Behind the Scenes: Gearing Up For Lame-Duck-Ageddon, Deficit Reduction, Sequestration

Although there isn’t much obvious activity in Congress right now, behind the scenes Members have started thinking about what’s shaping up to be an interesting fall:  full of discussions of deficit reduction and the must-pass legislation in the lame-duck session at the end of this year.  Among the myriad of issues that will require attention …

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House to Consider Budget Reconciliation Proposal Undoing Sequester

This week, the full House of Representatives will consider a budget reconciliation proposal as called for under the FY2013 Budget Resolution passed last month.  We’ve been following the reconciliation process closely on the blog and this week it comes to a close in the House with a floor debate and vote on Thursday on two …

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House Committees Approve Reconciliation Recommendations: Energy & Commerce Proposal Targets Health Spending

As we blogged last week, per the reconciliation instructions in the recently passed FY2013 House budget resolution, several House committees including Energy and Commerce have now considered and passed recommendations to further reduce federal spending over the next decade.  To recap: each of six House committees were given instructions in the House FY2013 budget resolution …

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House Budget Update: Reconciliation Proposal from Energy and Commerce Slated for Markup This Week – Includes Medicaid Cuts

We blogged last week with updates on the House and Senate budget process, noting that this Friday (April 27th) is the deadline for committees including Energy and Commerce to submit their reconciliation proposals to the Budget Committee for saving billions of dollars – and replacing the Budget Control Act sequester – over the next decade.  …

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House, Senate Take Actions on FY2013 Budget

Congress is back in DC after a two-week recess and this week they’re moving the ball forward on a 2013 Budget in both chambers.  While the House and Senate are in difference places in the budget process, committees in each chamber are working over the next days and weeks to continue to demonstrate their priorities …

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The Supreme Court & Health Reform: An Overview of the Oral Arguments

by Olivia Szwalbnest, Regulatory Affairs Intern On March 26, 27, and 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard constitutional challenges from 26 states to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (which turned 2 years old on March 23).  This landmark health care case, Florida v. Department of Health & Human Services, lasted six hours …