Family Voices Washington DC Update: August 9, 2017
The drama over health care legislation continued until the last minute, when Senator McCain joined Senators Collins and Murkowski in opposing the so-called "skinny bill" to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, thereby ending consideration of health care legislation, at least before Congress' month-long August recess. Before leaving town, the Senate passed a bill on the regulation of prescription drugs, which included a "right-to-try" provision and a provision intended to increase the number of cancer drugs for children. Meanwhile, child health organizations are speaking out about the need to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which just turned 20 but for which funding expires on September 30. Read about these issues and more in this week's Update.