Democrats are looking for a healthcare win this month

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Today’s version: More conventional coronavirus vaccines are on their way, with FDA advisors scheduled to discuss the Novavax vaccine this week. A baby milk factory in the midst of the shortage has resumed production. But first…

Mental health, the economic package, and genetic financing are on the table

Welcome to the very difficult Congress of June.

  • Looking for a group of bipartisan senators Compromise on the elusive gun package, Which may include New spending on mental health.
  • The Democrats don’t have much time to reach agreement on a framework Reduced economy package.
  • Congress will need to reformulate parts of Coronavirus aid package that is still on hold As officials in the White House Appeal for more dollars.

The three-week working period before the July 4th recess is a perilous period for Democrats. Nearly a year and a half into majority rule, the party is looking for something it can point to as a victory over health care ahead of the midterms — a far cry from promised sweeping reforms. during the 2020 elections.

there growing momentum on Capitol Hill about minute talks to craft a bipartisan response to the recent mass shootings. Expect efforts around arms to be an intense focus in the next few weeks, although any effort is likely to fall short of standards President Biden I put Thursday, and the post Mike DeBonis I mentioned last night.

House Democrats are preparing to vote on bills that are not expected to pass the Senate. But on the other side of the Capitol, lawmakers are seeking a more narrow bipartisan compromise with the goal of getting a deal sealed by the House. End of this week. The Senate group is also working to find agreement on new mental health spending.

  • “There’s a number that’s too low, and it wouldn’t be significant enough for many colleagues who would like to see a big mental health address,” Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut), The lead Democratic senator working on the gun settlement, told our colleagues at early 202. “There’s also a very large number, which would cause some conservatives to turn down.”

They aren’t the only lawmakers working on drafting Mental Health Legislation. During the week of June 20, the House of Representatives will vote on bills from Energy and Home Trade Committee and the Education and work at home committee. and the Senate Finance Committee looking forward Possible coding of the upcoming package before the August recess, and more discussion drafts of the various components of the bill may be released before the July Fourth recess, according to two Senate aides.

It’s prime time, again, for Democrats should secure a deal on a discounted economic package.

Last: Talks between the senator were revived. Joe Mansion (DW.Va.) – Obstacle to Legislation – The Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), our colleagues Jeff Stein And the Tyler Pager reported over the weekend. (Read our deep dive on how the White House lost Mansion on More sweeping plan to transform America.)

But can a new framework be crafted before the Fourth of July? This is to be determined later.

mansion double Last week on his support of Democrats’ proposals to price drugs. Advocates also believe that offering enhanced financial assistance to those who buy Obamacare plans is ripe for inclusion. In recent weeks, state market officials have told Congress they ideally need to know by July whether the boosted subsidies I will continue. There is not much time left in the congressional calendar before the midterm elections.

  • “Healthcare components are the most common parts of it, And it’s really important for Democrats politically to get it done.” Elliot Fishman Senior Director of Health Policy at USA families, Left-leaning consumer health lobby.

The path to passing billions of additional dollars in epidemic control aid has become more complex.

For one, the deal must be renegotiated. back in April, The Senate decided a 10 billion dollars Dealing that redirects funding from previous stimulus packages. But some of that money has now been spent since he dwarfed the package for more than two months, according to a Senate Republican aide. Bloomberg News He was the first to report That some payments have dwindled.

Backlash on the Biden administration’s decision to ease pandemic restrictions at the border — a federal judge says It has since stopped – Leveling stops. Republicans refused to move forward without a vote to retain The public health system in place.

Now there is also the question of which room will move first. Late last month, Schumer reiterated the “urgent need” to pass more dollars, but said “we’re waiting for the House to send us something.”

Meanwhile, a top House Democrat aide told The Health 202 that the “biggest hurdle” to coronavirus funding is the 60-vote threshold in the Senate to approve the new aid.

Burgess Everett at Politico:

More classic corona virus shot on the way

new Serum Which relies on decades-old technology is about to receive permission from the federal government more than a year after Americans began receiving Advanced footage of the Corona virusour colleague Caroline Way Johnson Reports.

If federal regulators give the green light to the photo, developed by the Maryland biotech company Novavax, will become the fourth vaccine for the Corona virus in the country. For company executives, one of the shot’s main selling points was the promise to help bridge the vaccine frequency gap among some Americans who might wait for a more traditional shot.

Newer messenger RNA vaccines direct cells inside the body to build the spike protein for the coronavirus. By contrast, Novavax uses an older and more common technology that manufactures and purifies coronavirus spike proteins in the lab.

  • But so far… Hopes were dashed Friday that a vaccine would offer an alternative for people worried about a rare heart infection linked to mRNA vaccines, after FDA review Five cases, mostly among men, found within two weeks of vaccination in the company’s trials, Concern about a causal relationship. “

Novavax vaccine is poised to hit the US market as more than three-quarters of people 18 years of age or older are Already fully vaccinated. The company plans to seek expanded permission to use the syringe in teens and as a booster.

Reopening the infant formula plant at the heart of the shortage

Abbott Nutrition Production resumed In Sturgis, Michigan, infant formula factory is shutting down, a sign that nationwide shortages that have left parents scrambling to find food for their children could ease in the coming weeks, The Post’s Laura Riley reports.

The company said on Saturday that it had reopened the factory.After meeting the initial requirementsset by Food and Drug Administration Last monthwhich included obtaining an independent expert to review operations and compliance with the law.

  • Main context: The plant, one of the country’s leading producers of the specialty formula, was shuttered this year after an examination by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, alleging unsanitary conditions. Its closure has severely curtailed the nation’s nutritional formula supply.

Next steps: Abbott previously said it would take two weeks to fully resume production and an additional six to eight weeks to get the product on store shelves. The factory will prioritize production of EleCare, a special formula for children with multiple allergies, before ramping up production of key products. The company said so Expects to launch EleCare “to consumers on or around June 20th. “

The long Covid could change the way America thinks about disability

coronavirus pandemic Create a mass disable event And it has the potential to have lasting effects on health policy in the United States, The Post’s Francis Stead Sellers reports.

However, the influx of individuals with disabilities has also underlined the challenges of creating common cause among people who sometimes struggle over limited resources.

These tensions have resurfaced as some people who share similar symptoms with COVID-19 long-haul ships, including persistent fatigue, have seen research money spent on the coronavirus tally. Some advocates emphasized the importance of joining forces, believing that long-time starvation patients could help force talk of more resources in the open.

Key context: Up to 61 million adults in the United States live with some form of disabilityfor every Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These numbers are reinforced by between 7 and 23 million long distances – Including 1 million who are no longer able to work – Latest government estimates.

The pandemic has provided some evidence of new legislative interest in disability: While there has been minimal reference in initial relief bills to the coronavirus outbreak, the America’s rescue plan – Passed last year – Provides direct support for programs that help people with disabilities. The now-defunct Democrats Rebuild better Bill tried to go further.

  • Capital Department of Health Yesterday he said it was specified The region’s first possible case of monkeypox in a population who had recently traveled to Europe. The case is currently under review by the CDC for further confirmation.
  • Ministry of Justice is Corporate suppression that claims They add old and unrelated diagnoses to Medicare Advantage beneficiaries’ medical records to boost earnings, our colleague Christopher Rowland Writes.
  • Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick on Friday I abdicated to Muhammad Oz In the Republican primary for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, Paving the way for the famous doctor backed by the former president Donald Trump to advance to the general election, according to The Post’s Hannah Knowles.

Here’s what will be shown this week:

Tuesday: FDA advisors Will discuss whether the shot Developed by the Maryland Biotechnology Corporation Novavax Safe and effective.

Wednesday: The Senate Assistance Committee will mark Its user fee re-authentication package from the Food and Drug Administration. Legislators too Consider the legislation It aims to increase flexibility in how community health centers use grants.

Inside John Fetterman’s Changing Health Scary Story (by Michael Shearer and Hannah Knowles | The Washington Post)

Lack of infant formula threatens the lives of some older children and adults (Frances Stead Sellers | The Washington Post)

Equal coverage for mental health insurance elusive despite statutory guarantee (by Lenny Bernstein | The Washington Post)

Thanks for reading! Look at you all tomorrow.