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CBO: End of CSRs would add to federal deficit

CBO: End of CSRs would add to federal deficit

The CBO says that ending CSR payments to insurers would cost the federal government more than continuing to pay them, because insurers would hike premiums, and subsidies would then rise as well.

Senate confirms surgeon general, HHS officials

On the last day before leaving for August recess, the Senate approved nominees for several key HHS leadership positions, including the new assistant secretary for mental health and substance abuse.

Senate passes FDA user fee reauthorization

Senate passes FDA user fee reauthorization

The bill, which now awaits the president's approval, has received broad support from medical device and pharmaceutical groups as a means to add more certainty and efficiency to the product review process.

Senate OKs bills to address VA budget crisis, claims backlog

The Senate unanimously approved a pair of bills taking aim at urgent problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, clearing a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fix a looming budget crisis and adopting new measures to pare down a rapidly growing backlog of veterans' disability claims.

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