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What’s On Tap In The Senate?

In addition to consideration of the stalled nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to head the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services, one senator appeared optimistic about repealing the health law's tax on medical devices. 

Kaiser Health News: Health On The Hill: What's Next In The Senate: In The Coming Weeks And After 2014 (Video)
Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about what's next for the stalled confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner, and who will fill the void in health policy when three senior Senate Democrats retire in 2014 (4/29).

MPR News: Klobuchar Hopeful On Repeal Of Med-Tech Tax
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Monday said she's optimistic a tax on medical devices will be overturned. The senator told executives at a Minneapolis medical device industry conference she's not only confident Congress will repeal the 2.3 percent tax, she expects the measure can be linked to tax reform or other legislation likely to avoid a presidential veto. One such bill could be soon-to-be-retiring Sen. Max Baucus' tax reform effort, Klobuchar said (Moylan, 4/29).

CQ HealthBeat: End-of-Life Planning Must Be Addressed, Some Members Say
Few issues are tougher to tackle than death and dying, as evidenced by the huge flap over mythical "death panels" during the debate over the health care law. Yet some members of Congress remain willing to advocate for better end-of-life planning, just as millions of aging baby boomers enter their later years (Norman, 4/29).

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