Good morning ... and welcome to August recess. Turns out the Senate can move pretty quickly when it wants to — like when a couple of bills related to the Food and Drug Administration and a big batch of nominations are the only things standing in the way of a month-long break from the Capitol.
What we're watching today: Cigna earnings call before markets open.
What we're watching next week: National Association of Insurance Commissioners summer meeting in Philadelphia, Aug. 6-9.
What we're watching in September: Senate HELP Committee hearings on bipartisan ACA stabilization bill, week of Sept. 4. Also, Senate Finance Committee hearing on CHIP reauthorization, same week.
Let us know what's on your August health care agenda: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.