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Congress Acts to Protect Public Health this Flu Season

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The next flu season may be months away, but Congress already acted to ensure our nation is ready. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as Sens.  Max Baucus (D- MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation which was recently enacted into law (H.R. 475) to update the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to cover the newest flu vaccines in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies. Read More >

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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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Make Medical Research a National Priority

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Biomedical and health research fuels private sector innovation and the development of new therapies and devices to prevent and fight disease. Funding cuts threaten scientific discoveries that could lead to new therapies and potential cures for deadly disease. In recent months, thought leaders in medical research have taken their message public to demonstrate the medical, economic and competitive advantages of government investment in research. We must reinforce the message to members of Congress during the Read More >

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Act Now to Protect Public Health and Prepare for the Upcoming Flu Season

Act Now to Protect Public Health and Prepare for the Upcoming Flu Season

As many as 49,000 people die from the flu annually, depending on the season, and children and the elderly are the most vulnerable. Among the 138 children who died from the flu during the 2012-2013 season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 90 percent were not vaccinated.  In addition, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized, with the most vulnerable being infants, young children, older adults, and people of all ages who Read More >

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Inside Health Policy: Clearing Up Confusion About Bills Updating Vaccine Tax Code

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Inside Health Policy’s Alaina Busch wrote a story today on confusion that has been spreading recently related to vaccines excise legislation. Vaccines protect people from seasonal flu, and new strains have recently been approved to further protect public health. As such, the vaccine excise tax must in turn be updated to include recent approvals. S. 391 and H.R. 475 update the existing excise tax to cover the newest seasonal influenza vaccines. The legislation does not Read More >

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