The Word

The Word is our weekly newsletter highlighting key health policy developments on the Hill and within the agencies.


10/2/2020: Challenges facing the Biden-Harris transition team…MACPAC’s examination of Provider Relief Fund recipients…A list of the Administration’s health care executive orders.

9/25/2020: Highlights of COVID Task Force’s third appearance before HELP Committee…The HHS response to Azar’s new rulemaking authorities…The push to delay the Radiation Oncology Model.

9/18/2020: The latest EO on drug pricing…HELP Committee’s review of the COVID-19 response…Preview of “EUA-plus” for COVID-19 vaccine.

9/11/2020: New stakeholder reactions to drugmakers’ 340B policies…HELP Committee hearing on vaccines…MedPAC discussion on the future of telehealth.

8/14/2020: E&C inquiry into insurers’ profits…Pharma stakeholders’ reactions to Buy American EO…Challenges to boosting availability of antigen tests.

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Need to Know

Need to Know is our high-level memo providing “need to know” background and insights on the latest policy and political issues in Washington.


10/16/2020: This Need to Know provides a look into the various approval processes the FDA is using to evaluate COVID-19 medical products and the impact these processes are having on current and future vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

10/9/2020: This Need to Know provides an overview of the various ways in which the Supreme Court could decide the ACA’s future, and what a second term Trump Administration or first term Biden Administration could do to lessen the impact of the law being overturned.

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