Public Policy News

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COVID-19 Daily Update: May 26, 2020

  • Senate Will Establish ‘Review & Recovery’ Committee to Investigate COVID Related Crises
  • Bipartisan House Leaders Demand COVID Vaccine Plan
  • Murphy Administration Proposes Significant Budget Cuts as Part of Revised Fiscal Plan to Weather COVID-19 Crisis
  • New Jersey Launches PPE Supplier Registry to Facilitate Access to COVID-19 Protective Gear
  • $68.8 Million in Emergency Assistance to New Jersey Colleges to be Available Through Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 11, 2020

  • Governor Murphy Names Restart and Recovery Advisory Council
  • CMS Unveils 2021 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 6, 2020

  • Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey
  • Dancer, Benson Introduce Legislation to Establish Rare Disease Advisory Council
  • Rep. Sherrill Launches Survey to Gather Data on Small Business Programs

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 4, 2020

  • Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Recognize New Fiscal Realities Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, Governor Lamont, Governor Wolf, Governor Carney, Governor Raimondo & Governor Baker Announce Joint Multi-State Agreement to Develop Regional Supply Chain for PPE and Medical Equipment
  • Governor Murphy Announces That Schools Will Remain Closed Through the End of the Academic Year

COVID-19 Daily Update: May 1, 2020

  • Murphy Administration Deploys Essential Equipment to Help Meet Need for N95 Respirators
  • Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Health Care System During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

Public Policy Update: April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 21, 2020

  • Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, Governor Lamont, Governor Wolf, Governor Carney, Governor Raimondo and Governor Baker Announce Appointees to Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy
  • Governor Murphy Announces Partnerships with Airlines to Provide Free Flights to New Jersey for Health Care Volunteers
  • E&C Committee Leaders Demand Answers from Trump Administration on Efforts to Acquire and Distribute COVID-19 Medical Supplies

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 17, 2020

  • President Trump Announces Guidelines for Reopening America
  • Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal Announce First-in-the-Nation Program to Enlist Foreign-Licensed Physicians in Physicians in Fight Against COVID-19
  • ASSEMBLY, No. 3903 Allows Remote Notarial Acts During Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency

COVID-19 Daily Update: April 13, 2020

  • New Jersey Legislature Holds Virtual Voting Session
  • Members of NJ Delegation Amongst 181 Members of Congress Urging Care Continuity During Pandemic
  • Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, Governor Lamont, Governor Wolf, Governor Carney, Governor Raimondo, Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy
  • Governor Murphy Announces Acquisition of 15 Abbott ID NOW Instruments from the Federal Government to Expand Access to COVID-19 Testing in New Jersey

COVID-19 Public Policy Update: April 9, 2020

Statement by BioNJ President and CEO on SEC Regulatory Changes Providing Small Biotech Companies Relief from Burdensome Requirements

Senate Approves $8.3 Billion Emergency Coronavirus Package

March 4 Issue

  • Rare Disease Day in Trenton Recap
  • Governor Murphy Unveils Budget
  • N.J.’s Innovation Evergreen Fund: Attracting Investments Today for Tomorrow’s Cures
  • Coronavirus Concerns Reach Capitol Hill

February 19 Issue

  • Senate President Sweeney Addresses BioNJ Annual Dinner Meeting and Innovation Celebration
  • Senate Special Committee Releases Incentives Report
  • Federal Budget Proposal Unveiled

January 22 Issue

  • Out-of-Pocket Legislation Signed into Law
  • Murphy Delivers State of the State
  • Lame Duck Session Concludes, Legislature Reorganizes
  • Governor Murphy: Opioid Deaths Decline
  • Task Force Releases Incentives Report
  • Smith Named to Lead Innovation Center


Alert: Dr. Stephen Hahn Confirmed as FDA Commissioner

Alert: House Passes H.R. 3

December 11 Issue

  • Drug Pricing Update: Awaiting House Vote, CBO Analysis Expected, CEA Estimate Unveiled
  • Trump Administration Releases Transparency Proposal
  • National Health Expenditure Data: Drug Prices Decline
  • Lame Duck Update
  • Assemblyman Benson Addresses BioNJ, Caregivers of NJ Event

November 12 Issue

  • Drug Pricing Update: House Vote Delayed Again
  • BioNJ Submits Comments on IRS Section 382 Proposal
  • Trump Nominates Stephen Hahn to Lead FDA
  • Election Update

October 30 Issue

  • Drug Pricing Update
  • BioNJ Submits Comments on Bioeconomy RFI
  • Assemblymen Schaer and Calabrese Visit BioNJ Member Cancer Genetics
  • Treasury Releases $114 Million of Held Funding

October 24 – Alert

  • HR 3 — We Need Your Help — Take Action Today

October 17 Issue

  • Drug Pricing Update
  • President Trump Unveils Medicare Executive Order
  • Governor Murphy Holds Economic Development Roundtable
  • NJ First Lady Murphy, NJEDA Host Golden Seeds Session
  • NJCSIT Announces Return of SBIR/STTR Assistance

October 2 Issue

  • Speaker Pelosi Unveils Drug Pricing Proposal, Committee Consideration Begins
  • Ways and Means Releases International Drug Pricing Report
  • Senate Committee Analyzing Incentives Continues Work

September 19 – Alert

  •  Speaker Pelosi Releases Drug Pricing Plan

September 18 Issue

  • NJ Senate Meets, Senate Committee Continues Incentive Hearings
  • Congresswoman Mikie Sherill Visits Modern Meadow
  • Congress Returns, Drug Pricing Discussion Continues
  • White House Office Seeks Input on “Bioeconomy”

September 5 Issue

  • Tax Incentive Extension Vetoed, Discussion Ongoing
  • Gag Clause, Claw Back Bill Signed into Law
  • Florida Submits Reimportation Proposal

August 21 Issue

  • Governor Murphy Signed Innovation District Legislation
  • Importation Pathways Unveiled
  • CMS Finalizes CAR-T Coverage
  • GAO Report: Rebates Mostly Passed to Plans

August 7 Issue

  • BioNJ Unveils Value of Medical Innovation Primer
  • Senate Select Committee Holds First Hearing
  • Finance Committee Considers Drug Pricing Legislation
  • President, Congressional Leadership Cut Budget Deal, Head Home for August District Work Period

July 10 Issue

  • Governor Murphy Approves State Health Exchange
  • Judge Blocks HHS DTC Rule
  • CMS Approves Louisiana State Plan Amendment

July 1 – Alert

June 27 – Alert

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