Federal Update: Inflation Reduction Act
On Sunday, August 7, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act via use of reconciliation, which is a procedure allowing for passage in the Senate by simple majority. The legislation passed on a party-line vote, with Vice President Harris casting the tie-breaker. The House is expected to return to D.C. to vote on the legislation on Friday, August 12.

The legislation includes significant healthcare policies, including, among other provisions, the creation of a $2,000 annual out-of-pocket cap in Part D and the creation of a new mechanism for Medicare to set a “maximum fair price” (MFP) for certain single-source drugs. The MFP mechanism’s first full pricing applicability year is 2026 for Part D drugs; medications covered pursuant to Part B would not be fully subject to the MFP until 2028. Once the legislation is enacted, the Department of Health and Human Services will begin the rulemaking process to implement these and other provisions. CSRO will monitor all regulatory activities related to implementation and provide input to the Department throughout the process.
NCSL Legislative Summit: CSRO Connects with State Lawmakers at Annual Meeting
In early August, CSRO traveled to Denver for the National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) annual legislative summit, which brings together state legislators, state legislative staff, and policy professionals from across the country to discuss issues impacting states and the policy responses being considered by state legislatures.
At the summit, CSRO was able to meet lawmakers from states where we expect to be active in the next session and build stronger connections with legislators considering bills impacting the rheumatology community, allowing CSRO to raise the profile of the organization and priority issues for the community. The 2023 NCSL conference was a great success, and CSRO looks forward to attending future NCSL events.
CSRO Career Center: Tool for Employers and Job Seekers in the Rheumatology Community
Are you looking for career opportunities in the field of rheumatology? Are you a healthcare provider looking for the right candidate? CSRO's Career Center is a great tool for locating the perfect fit!

Devoted exclusively to the rheumatology community, employers can post positions on CSRO's Career Center for a minimal fee. Candidates looking for available opportunities can then browse all of the postings for FREE – check out our Career Center today!
Legislation Around the Country
What's Happening in the States
CSRO tracks legislative activity relevant to the rheumatology community and their patients – click here to view a full status report.

Be sure to check out our interactive legislative map tool for additional information about current policy in your state.
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  • March 11, 2023 – San Francisco, CA

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