KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Live from D.C. With Rep. Donna Shalala

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President Donald Trump’s proposed price range for the fiscal 12 months that begins in October proposes massive cuts to in style applications, together with Medicaid and the National Institutes of Health. Although these cuts are unlikely to be enacted by Congress, each Republicans and Democrats are seemingly to make use of the price range blueprint as a marketing campaign subject.

Meanwhile, a number of House committees this week relaunched work on laws to handle “surprise” medical payments — surprising fees from out-of-network suppliers. And Congress remains to be making an attempt to return to a bipartisan settlement on the right way to handle drug costs.

Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) was the particular visitor for this week’s podcast, taped earlier than a reside viewers on the Kaiser Family Foundation headquarters in Washington, D.C. Also becoming a member of host Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News have been Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call and Joanne Kenen of Politico.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

One shock within the president’s price range is a proposal to maneuver tobacco regulation out from below the Food and Drug Administration’s purview. That comes regardless of a regulation Congress handed a number of years in the past that particularly named the FDA because the regulator for tobacco. Last 12 months, it appeared clear that Congress and the White House have been decided to discover a approach to shield shoppers from shock medical payments. But heavy lobbying on the difficulty and deep fissures in pinpointing the most effective treatment have slowed that effort. Shalala mentioned she thinks Congress will produce a invoice this 12 months that shall be balanced in order that insurers and medical suppliers must compromise. Shalala mentioned that within the 21 city conferences she has held in South Florida, nobody has requested about efforts to finish shock payments. Most of the well being questions concentrate on excessive drug costs and out-of-pocket prices. High out-of-pocket prices have been pushed by the massive variety of folks shifted into high-deductible insurance coverage. Shalala additionally mentioned she doesn’t anticipate a plan to import medication from Canada, endorsed by the Trump administration and a few states, to go ahead. Drugmakers promote Canada sufficient drugs to cowl the inhabitants there, and never shoppers in Florida, she added.

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