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BIO Urges States to Use CMS Grants to Combat Discrimination by Health Plans

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On June 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $22 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding for state insurance departments.  The Agency’s announcement noted that States are meant to utilize the funding to ensure that plans comply with “key consumer protections,” listing among them: essential health benefits, preventive services, parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits, appeals processes, and bringing down the cost of health care coverage (also known Read More >

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Explore Biotech Innovation at the BIO Latin America Conference

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The BIO Latin America Conference, happening October 26-28 in São Paulo, Brazil, is the ideal venue to explore the innovation and partnering opportunities in Latin America’s rapidly-growing life science industry. The conference will bring together more than 600 leaders, executives, researchers and investors from around the world to discuss trends and innovations, navigate industry challenges, attend company presentations, conduct face-to-face partnering meetings and learn more about investment opportunities within this emerging Latin American market. The conference will feature Read More >

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The View from the States By Gene Harrington, BIO Director of State Government Affairs, Food & Agriculture

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Earlier this year, Inside the Beltway publications, other news outlets and activists wrote about the supposed inevitability of additional states enacting legislation in 2016 requiring the labeling of food containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Almost halfway into the year – and after most state legislatures have adjourned – no state has adopted a GMO labeling bill this year.  In fact, no state has adopted mandatory GMO labeling legislation in more than two years.  As a Read More >

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First Zika Vaccine Ready for Human Trials

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Earlier this week, we learned a welcome piece of good news in the ongoing Zika epidemic. Biotechnology companies have been stepping up to the plate to develop technologies to fight back against the virus, and now the first potential vaccine for the virus has received FDA approval to begin clinical trials. As reported in the Washington Post: Pennsylvania vaccine maker Inovio Pharmaceuticals and South Korea’s GeneOne Life Sciences said Monday that they had received approval Read More >

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Bzzz Bzzz: It’s National #PollinatorWeek!

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Nine years ago the U.S. Senate designated a week in June to recognize and address the urgent issue of rapidly declining pollinator populations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior has officially proclaimed that this week, June 20-26, is designated as National Pollinator Week for 2016! To celebrate, the USDA is hosting its seventh annual Pollinator Week Festival this Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The festival highlights Read More >

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