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Sales of contraceptive intrauterine devices rose in the 4th quarter of 2016 at some companies. The increase in interest in IUDs coincides with efforts to repeal Obamacare and eliminate contraceptive coverage guarantees, according to Planned Parenthood and AthenaHealth.
Seema Verma, President Trump’s pick to run the US Medicare agency, told the Senate Finance Committee that rural areas should not have to comply with CMS’ medical supplies competitive-bidding program if it is not a good fit. Verma was also questioned on changes she might make to the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare program, but did not offer many specifics.
The chart below displays the updated membership of the committee, which has important oversight on health and tax policy matters. It specifies which members sit on the Health Subcommittee.
The US House Ways and Means Committee will focus oversight actions this Congress on Affordable Care Act issues including device tax repeal, Health and Human Services priorities – including implementation of provider payment reforms – and overseas trade negotiations, the panel agreed Feb. 14.
The agency has identified Physio-Control’s recall of its Lifepak15 monitor/defibrillator as a high-risk class I recall based on a risk of delay in delivering therapy.
Senators voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as Health and Human Services secretary, where he will be a key leader implementing reversals to the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, Trump’s pick to lead the Medicare agency, Seema Verma, faces a confirmation hearing in the Senate Feb. 16.