OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Dems vow to protect Medicaid

Battling for brokers: Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLandrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns MORE (D-La.) wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusMr. President, let markets help save Medicare IRS Tax Day glitch exposes antiquated tech infrastructure Trump administration's reforms could make welfare work again MORE Monday urging her to exclude agents and brokers when calculating the healthcare law's medical loss ratio requirement. 

Part D pandemonium: Five years after the launch of Medicare prescription drug coverage, many beneficiaries are still struggling to sign up, according to a new report from the Medicare Rights Center. Read the Healthwatch post.

Life Sciences boost: A bipartisan group introduced legislation granting temporary tax relief for life-sciences companies. The "Life Sciences Jobs and Investment Act" would allow companies engaged in life sciences research to either double their Research and Development tax credit on the first $150 million invested or repatriate part of their foreign earnings at a reduced tax rate. Read co-sponsor Rep. Allyson Schwartz's (D-Pa.) press release.

The cost of privacy: Stakeholders are beginning to object to proposed regulations requiring that patients be notified when anyone accesses their medical records. The deadline for comments is Aug. 1.

Tuesday's agenda:

Driving the deficit: The Senate Finance Committee at 10 a.m. reviews the key issues driving the deficit.

Also in the morning, HHS's Sebelius will make an announcement regarding the healthcare law.

Lobbying registrations:

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville / Remote Cardiac Services Provider Group (Medicare payments)

Tauzin Strategic Networks / Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare

The Madison Group / Philadelphia College of Osteophathic Medicine (appropriations)

Tuck's Professional Services / CERBE (dietary supplements)

Tuck's Professional Services / BIE Health Products (dietary supplements)

Artemis Strategies / Scrips America (DESI drugs, approved for safety but not efficacy)

Reading list

Conservative health policy blogger John Goodman ponders whether burdening Medicaid patients with long wait times rather than medical bills is really in their best interest.

Low-wage workers are getting shafted under San Francisco's paid leave ordinance, says a new piece in The Wall Street Journal.

The conservative Daily Caller continues to draw attention to AARP's financial stake in Medicare policy.

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