POLICY BRIEFINGS


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


S. 516 (PROSTATE CANCER): A bill to reduce disparities and improve access to effective and cost efficient diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer through advances in testing, research, and education, including through telehealth, comparative effectiveness research, and identification of best practices in patient education and outreach particularly with respect to underserved racial, ethnic and rural populations and men with a family history of prostate cancer, to establish a directive on what constitutes clinically appropriate prostate cancer imaging, and to create a prostate cancer scientific advisory board for the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration to accelerate real-time sharing of the latest research and accelerate movement of new medicines to patients; TESTER; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 12

S. 531 (PHYSICAL ACTIVITY): A bill to provide for the publication by the Secretary of Health and Human Services of physical activity guidelines for Americans; HARKIN; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 13

S. 539 (DIABETES): A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to foster more effective implementation and coordination of clinical care for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes; SHAHEEN; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 13

H.R. 1070 (COLORECTAL CANCER): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening; DENT; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 13

H.R. 1074 (DIABETES): A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to foster more effective implementation and coordination of clinical care for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes; OLSON; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 13

H.R. 1076 (REFORM): A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for savings to the Federal Government by permitting pass-through funding for State authorized public entity health benefits pools; HALL; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 13

H.R. 1098 (TRAUMA): A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs relating to traumatic brain injury and to trauma research; PASCRELL; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 13

H.R. 1099 (PREVENTION): A bill to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund; PITTS; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 13

H.R. 1102 (MEDCIARE PART D): A bill to amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries; WELCH; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce Ways and Means, March 13

H.R. 1134 (VETERANS HEALTH): To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a grant program and pilot program designed to improve the delivery of health care to veterans residing in rural areas, and for other purposes; GALLEGO; referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, March 14

H.R. 1140 (HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the medical expenses of dependents who have not attained age 27 to be paid from a heath savings account; OWENS; referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means, March 14

H.R. 1146 (RADIATION THERAPY): To amend the Public Health Service Act and title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make the provision of technical services for medical imaging examinations and radiation therapy treatments safer, more accurate, and less costly; WHITFIELD; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 14

S. 557 (MEDICARE PART D): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to medication therapy management under part D of the Medicare program; HAGAN; read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance, March 14

S. 560 (REFORM): A bill to provide that the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shall not be construed as a tax; LEE; to the Committee on Finance, March 15

S. 562 (MENTAL HEALTH): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes; WYDEN; to the Committee on Finance, March 15

S. 569 (SKILLED NURSING): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare; BROWN: to the Committee on Finance, March 15

S. 577 (GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions, and for other purposes; NELSON; to the Committee on Finance, March 15

H.R. 1148 (RADIOLOGY): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for payment for services of qualified radiologist assistants under the Medicare program; REICHERT; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, March 15

H.R. 1150 (ANTIMICROBIALS): A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to preserve the effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials used in the treatment of human and animal diseases; SLAUGHTER; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 15

H.R. 1173 (ADVANCE CARE PLANNING): A bill to amend the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of voluntary advance care planning consultation under Medicare and Medicaid, and for other purposes; BLUMENAUER; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 15

H.R. 1178 (GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION): A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for graduate medical education partnerships in States with a low physician-resident-to-general-population ratio; CASTOR; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 15

H.R. 1179 (SKILLED NURSING): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare; COURTNEY; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 15

H.R. 1180 (GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions, and for other purposes; CROWLEY; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 15

H.R. 1188 (PHARMACIES): A bill to ensure and foster continued safety and quality of care and a competitive marketplace by exempting independent pharmacies from the antitrust laws in their negotiations with health plans and health insurance insurers; MARINO; to the Committee on the Judiciary, March 15

H.R. 1200 (REFORM): A bill to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system; MCDERMOTT; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 15

H.R. 1201 (GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCAITON): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions, and for other purposes; SCHOCK; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 15

H.R. 1205 (PREMIUM RATES): A bill to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to require health insurance issuers and group health plans to disclose information regarding how certain taxes and fees impact the amount of premiums, and for other purposes; WALDEN; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 15



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