Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


House Republicans Unveil Formal Policy Recommendations

House Republicans began the release of their six-part formal policy agenda, titled “A Better Way Forward: Our Vision for a Confident America,” with the unveiling of their plan to combat poverty last week. The report from the Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility task force emphasizes giving states more flexibility to help people find jobs, escape poverty and become self-sufficient. It also stresses the importance of public-private partnerships in the development of welfare programs. The report does not address Medicaid, nor does it reference any specific legislative solutions. The party’s recommendations for national security were released later in the week. The remainder of the agenda, including taxes, and regulations, will be presented over the next three weeks. The health care task force is expected to release their plan on June 22.

Moonshot Launches Cancer Databank

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced the creation of a unified genomic and clinical data repository for public use by cancer researchers as a core component of the Cancer Moonshot and Precision Medicine initiatives. The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Genomic Data Commons (GDC) system will allow cancer researchers to freely access raw genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients, with more records to be added over time. The goal of the GDC is to allow researchers to compare their findings against those of their peers, which could lead to a deeper understanding of the most effective therapies for individual oncology patients. $70 million will be put toward the development of the GDC by NCI. Initially, the GDC will build upon information from the existing NCI genomic databases the Cancer Genome Atlas and the pediatric Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Therapies. The GDC will also accept submissions of cancer genomic and clinical data from researchers around the world who wish to share their data more broadly.

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