SUNSET Draft Rule Is Trump Admin’s ‘Latest Attempt To Sabotage HHS Programs,’ Analyst Charges
Jessica Schubel also says the SUNSET reg will come with a big price tag
The proposed rule from the US HHS that would require its agencies to review all regulations every 10 years could distract an incoming Biden administration from the COVID-19 pandemic and will “wreak havoc” on Medicare, a senior policy analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says.
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The tactic aims to allow the new Biden administration to scrutinize so-called “midnight rules” issued in the final days of the Trump administration before they take effect. One reg targeted by the freeze is the recent SUNSET rule from the US HHS, which would require the department and its agencies – including the FDA – to review all regulations every 10 years to determine whether they’re still necessary.
Attorneys tell Medtech Insight a recent proposal to review regulations every 10 years could lift some burdens from the medical device industry, but warned that the full effects may not be seen for some time.
The rule would mandate that agencies assess rules that affect small entities once every decade to ensure they were still appropriate.