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The State of the Union Is … Busy

KFF Health News’ ‘What the Health?’
Episode Title: The State of the Union Is … Busy
Episode Number: 337
Released: March 7, 2024

[Editor’snote:[Editor’snote: This records was created utilizing both transcription software application and a human’s light touch. It has actually been modified for design and clearness.]

Julie Rovner: Hello, and invite back to “What the Health?” I’m Julie Rovner, chief Washington reporter for KFF Health News, and I’m signed up with by a few of the very best and most intelligent health press reporters in Washington. We’re taping today on Thursday, March 7, at 9 a.m. As constantly, news takes place quick and things may have altered by the time you hear this, so here we go. We are signed up with today through video conference by Alice Miranda Ollstein, of Politico.

Alice Miranda Ollstein: Hello.

Rovner: Sarah Karlin-Smith, of the Pink Sheet.

Sarah Karlin-Smith: Hi, everyone.

Rovner: And Sandhya Raman, of CQ Roll Call.

Raman: Good early morning.

Rovner: Later in this episode we’ll have my interview with White House domestic policy advisor Neera Tanden about the Biden administration’s health achievement up until now and their top priorities for 2024. Initially, this week’s news. It is a huge week here in the country’s capital. In addition to enduring President Biden’s State of the Union address, legislators appear en route to completing a minimum of a few of the costs expenses for the that started last Oct. 1. Advantage, too, due to the fact that the president will provide to Congress a proposed spending plan for the next that begins Oct. 1, 2024, next Monday. Sandhya, which costs are getting done this week, and which ones are left?

Sandhya Raman: We’re about half-and-half since last night. Your home is finished with their six-bill offer that they launched. Congress pertained to a bipartisan arrangement on Sunday and launched then, so the FDA remains in that part, in the farming costs. We likewise have a variety of health extenders that we can …

Rovner: Which we’ll get to in a 2nd.

Raman: Now it’s on to the Senate and after that to Biden’s desk, and after that we still have the Labor HHS [Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services] expense with all of the health financing that we’re still waiting on at some point this month.

Rovner: Yeah, it’s reasonable to state that the half that they’re getting done now are the simple ones? It’s the huge ones that are left.

Ollstein: Although, if they were so simple, why didn’t they get them done a very long time ago? There have actually been a great deal of battles over policy riders that have actually been holding things up, in addition to arguments about costs levels, which are seasonal naturally. I was really interested to see that in this very first tranche of costs, Republicans dropped their persistence on an arrangement prohibiting mail shipment of abortion tablets through the FDA,

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