CLSA’s seasoned federal government relations team is engaged on behalf of the biomedical, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology sectors in multiple ways through strategic collaborations and direct lobbying in Washington, D.C. to advance innovation, investment and job creation for California’s treasured life sciences ecosystem. Read CLSA’s 2018 federal policy goals here.
This month (February 9), Congress passed and the President signed into law a full and permanent repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Eliminating the IPAB is critical for the continued success of California’s innovative life sciences sector, because the board could have harmed biomedical innovation by reducing incentives for investment in new research and product development.
On Jan. 22, Congress passed a 2-year suspension of the medical device excise tax, retroactive to Dec. 31, 2017, providing much-needed relief for California’s medical device sector.
On Jan. 24, the United States Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a vote of 55 to 43.
CLSA, the trade association representing California’s life sciences industry, today commended the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Alex Azar as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
InsideHealthPolicy features commentary from CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe regarding the 2 year suspension of the medical device tax.
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) applauds the House and Senate passage of legislation that temporarily suspends the ill-conceived 2.3% medical device tax for an additional 2 years, until December 2019.
On Dec. 20, Congress passed a sweeping overhaul of the tax code in the form of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While CLSA did not take a position on the overall legislation, we did work in close collaboration and coordination with BIO and our CLSA member companies to ensure that the Orphan Drug Tax Credit – a meaningful incentive for investment in rare disease therapy innovation – was preserved in the final bill passed by Congress.
This month, Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Brady (R-Texas) introduced new legislation to provide a 5-year suspension of the medical device excise tax (H.R. 4617). The current suspension of the 2.3% medical device excise tax expires Dec. 31, 2017.
Sara Radcliffe, Pres. & CEO, CLSA & Don Bobo, Corporate Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, Edwards Lifesciences, pen an op-ed in The O.C. Register, urging Congress repeal the 2.3% medical device tax. The tax stands to threaten an innovative medtech sector that employs over 22,000 in Orange County and 77,200 statewide.