December 18, 2014

Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Package
Congress passed a more than $1 trillion spending package that will fund the government through the end of the FY 2015. The so-called "CRomnibus" combined 11 appropriations bills, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and a short-term Continuing Resolution for the Department of Homeland Security. 

HRSA Cancels Plan for 340B 'Mega Reg'; Congress Weighs Options
The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) decision not to publish its long-anticipated 340B "Mega Reg" could force Congress to act. When HRSA formally withdrew its 340B Mega-Reg from the rulemaking process, it effectively abandoned its effort to clarify and formalize the existing 340B program.

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to ACA Subsidies
The Supreme Court will hear a case this term that challenges the ability of federally run exchanges to offer subsidies to help low- and middle-income Americans pay their health insurance premiums. The Court on November 7 agreed to hear King v. Burwell after two appeals courts reached opposite conclusions.

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