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US House Preview: Health Panels To Push Device Tax Repeal, Shutdown Contingency Bills In 2019

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US House lawmakers might pursue legislation in 2019 to repeal the device tax, ensure that FDA can continue working on medtech product reviews during US government shutdowns, and to stabilize the Affordable Care Act to lower health-care costs for patients.

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