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July 30, 2014

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July 29, 2014

Medicare Trustees Report Extends Trust Fund Solvency

The trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds on Monday released their annual report. The trustees projected that due to lower health care spending the Medicare hospital inpatient trust fund will be depleted in 2030, four years later than estimated last year.

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July 28, 2014

Retiring Appropriator Seeks to Steady Medical Research Funding

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Harkin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education spending subcommittee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is retiring at the end of the year. Ahead of his departure, the Iowa Democrat has introduced a bill that seeks to steady medical research funding for the National Institutes of Health.

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Veterans’ Health Bill Compromise Set After Weekend Talks

A compromise struck by House and Senate negotiators on Sunday on veterans’ medical care legislation would provide $15 billion in up-front emergency funds to help ease lengthy wait times at VA medical facilities, according to plan summary obtained by CQ Roll Call.

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July 23, 2014

Labor-HHS-Education Appropriator Loses Senate Bid

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Kingston, center, at the 53rd Congressional Baseball Game in Nationals Park, on June 25. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The chairman of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Jack Kingston, R-Ga., was defeated in a bid to seek a Senate seat. Roll Call’s Kyle Trygstad has much more  on the results of Georgia primary runoff election, which has jolted the future plans of the House appropriations “cardinal.”

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July 18, 2014

Military Cigarette Discounts Get Sen. Durbin’s Attention

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Durbin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate appropriators this week approved their version of a fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill. While the measure includes Pentagon health program spending, the bill also focuses lawmakers’ attention on specific health concerns for military personnel. The Defense Subcommittee chief, Illinois Democrat Richard J. Durbin, urged the Pentagon to implement a provision that would eliminate military commissary discounts on cigarettes, in a effort to reduce tobacco-related illnesses.

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July 17, 2014

Today’s Spotlight: Pentagon Health Spending

Health care policy mavens are likely to congregate at a House hearing this morning on medical technology innovation. However, Congress is in the middle of the annual appropriations bill season and the Senate Appropriations Committee will be marking up a bill with a large health care component — the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill.

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July 15, 2014

IRS’s Role in Health Care Law Is Targeted in House Spending Bill

The House today continues amendment votes on the fiscal 2015 Financial Services spending bill. Health care proposals in the legislation focus on the more than 40 provisions in the 2010 health care law that task the IRS with verifying consumer health insurance exchange subsidies, administering premium tax credits and enforcing the individual and employer health coverage mandates.

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July 14, 2014

Amid Spending Bill Deadlock, House Appropriator Seeks Senate Seat

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Kingston. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional appropriators are struggling with the fiscal 2015 spending bills, and both the House and Senate versions of the Labor-HHS-Education bill have not yet to emerged from the committee level. The House subcommittee for the bill is led by Georgia Republican Jack Kingston, who is also vying for his party’s nomination in a July 22 primary runoff election for a Senate seat.

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VA Health Bill Deadlock Continues Despite a Reduced Cost Estimate

A House-Senate conference committee tasked with writing a compromise veterans’ health bill continues to struggle with a Congressional Budget Office cost estimate for what it will take to allow veterans to seek care from private health care providers and avoid notorious treatment delays at veterans’ medical centers.

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July 11, 2014

Senate Highway Fund Fix Eyes Delinquent Medicare Providers

The long-reach of health care spending came into play Thursday as the Senate Finance Committee advanced a compromise bill to shore up the highway trust fund.

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July 10, 2014

Veterans’ Health Measure Still Snagged by Budget Estimates

Sen. John McCain and other lawmakers say the Congressional Budget Office has created unnecessary trouble for legislation to overhaul the military veterans’ health care system.

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July 9, 2014

Indian Health Service Marked for a Spending Increase

A House Appropriations panel today assembles the fiscal 2015 Interior-Environment spending bill. A quirk of history assigned Indian affairs to the Department of Interior, and the spending measure includes money for Indian Health Service, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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