POLICY BRIEFINGS


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


S. 602 (PHYSICAL THERAPISTS), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of physical therapists in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, and for other purposes; TESTER; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 19.

S. 603 (REFORM), to repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; BARRASSO; to the Committee on Finance, March 19.

S. 608 (HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act and title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to improve coverage for colorectal screening tests under Medicare and private health insurance coverage, and for other purposes; CARDIN; to the Committee on Finance, March 19.

S. 610 (REFORM), to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to repeal certain limitations on health care benefits; JOHANNS; to the Committee on Finance, March 19.

S. 612 (MEDICARE), to require the secretary of health and human services to remove Social Security account numbers from Medicare identification cards and communications provided to Medicare beneficiaries to protect them from identity theft; DURBIN; to the Committee on Finance, March 19.

S. 616 (PHYSICIANS), to provide incentives to physicians to practice in rural and medically underserved communities and for other purposes; KLOBUCHAR; to the Committee on the Judiciary, March 19.

H.R. 1248 (REFORM), to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to repeal certain limitations on health care benefits; PAULSEN; to the Committee on Ways and Means, March 19.

H.R. 1250 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve operations of recovery auditors under the Medicare integrity program, to increase transparency and accuracy in audits conducted by contractors, and for other purposes; GRAVES; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 19.

H.R. 1252 (PHYSICAL THERAPISTS), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of physical therapists in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, and for other purposes; SHIMKUS; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 19.

H.R. 1254 (EMPLOYEE HEALTH BENEFITS), to repeal a requirement that new employees of certain employers be automatically enrolled in the employers’ health benefits plan; HUDSON; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, March 19. 

H.R. 1257 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the occurrence of diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries by extending coverage under Medicare for medical nutrition therapy services to such beneficiaries with pre-diabetes or with risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes; DEGETTE; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 19.

H.R. 1263 (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES), to increase access to community behavioral health services for all Americans and to improve Medicaid reimbursement for community behavioral health services; MATSUI; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 19.

H.R. 1264 (MEDICAID), to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to increase the Federal medical assistance percentage for the District of Columbia under the Medicaid Program to 75 percent; NORTON; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 19.

H.R. 1274 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to diabetes self-management training by authorizing certified diabetes educators to provide diabetes self-management training services, including as part of telehealth services, under part B of the Medicare program; WHITFIELD: jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 19.

S. 621 (DRUGS), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to make any substance containing hydrocodone a Schedule II drug; MANCHIN; to the Committee on the Judiciary, March 20.

S. 623 (MEDICARE),to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure the continued access of Medicare beneficiaries to diagnostic imaging services; CARDIN; to the Committee on Finance, March 20.

S. 626 (DRUG RESEARCH), to de-link research and development incentives from drug prices for new medicines to treat HIV/AIDS and to stimulate greater sharing of scientific knowledge; SANDERS; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 20.

S. 627 (DRUG RESEARCH), to provide incentives for investment in research and development for new medicines, to enhance access to new medicines, and for other purposes; SANDERS; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 20.

H.R. 1281 (PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS), to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize programs under part A of title XI of such Act; ROYBAL-ALLARD; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 20.

H.R. 1285 (DRUGS), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to make any substance containing hydrocodone a schedule II drug; BUCHANAN; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Judiciary, March 20.

H.R. 1287 (SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION), to ensure high standards for federal agency use of scientific information; FINCHER; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, March 20.

H.R. 1293 (CANCER RESEARCH), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish and provide a checkoff for a Breast and Prostate Cancer Research Fund, and for other purposes; KING; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 20.

H.R.1295 (MEDICAL DEVICES), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on medical devices, and for other purposes; MAFFEI; to the Committee on Ways and Means, March 21.

H.R. 1301 (APPROPRIATIONS), making supplemental appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes; SCHWARTZ; jointly, to the committees on Appropriations and Ways and Means, March 21committee SCHWARTZ; jointly, to the committees on Appropriations and Ways and Means, March 20.

S. 636 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow certain hospitals in Puerto Rico to qualify for incentives for adoption and meaningful use of certified EHR Technology under the Medicare program; MENENDEZ; to the Committee on Finance, March 21.

 S. 637 (TOURETTE SYNDROME), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the programs and activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to Tourette syndrome; MENENDEZ; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 21.

S. 641 (PALLIATIVE CARE), to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine; WYDEN; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 21.

S. 642 (IMAGING), 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; ENZI; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 21.

S. 644 (DRUGS), to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan, and for other purposes; CASEY; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 21.

S. 650 (HEALTH INSURANCE), to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to preserve consumer and employer access to licensed independent insurance producers; LANDRIEU; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, March 21.

H.R. 1309 (MEDICARE/MEDICAID), to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to exclude pathologists from incentive payments and penalties under Medicare and Medicaid, relating to the meaningful use of electronic health records; PRICE of Georgia; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 21.

H.R. 1310 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare payment option for patients and eligible professionals to freely contract, without penalty, for Medicare fee-for-service items and services, while allowing Medicare beneficiaries to use their Medicare benefits; PRICE; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, March 21.

H.R. 1317 (TAXATION), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for the purchase of hearing aids; LATHAM; to the Committee on Ways and Means, March 21.

H.R. 1320 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve coverage for colorectal screening tests under Medicare, and for other purposes; NEAL; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 21. 

 H.R. 1325 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare entitlement to immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients; BURGESS; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 21.

H.R. 1326 (MEDICAID), to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for increased price transparency of hospital information and to provide for additional research on consumer information on charges and out-of-pocket costs; BURGESS; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 21.

H.R. 1331 (MEDICARE/MEDICAID), to amend certain requirements and penalties implemented under the Medicare and Medicaid programs by the HITECH Act of 2009, which would otherwise impede eligible professionals from adopting electronic health records to improve patient care; BLACK; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 21.

H.R. 1339 (PALLIATIVE CARE), to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine; ENGEL; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 21.

H.R. 1342 (REFORM), to repeal provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act relating to health savings accounts, and for other purposes; FLEMING; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 21.

H.R. 1366 (DRUGS), to direct the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to modify the approval of any drug containing controlled-release oxycodone hydrochloride to limit such approval to use for the relief of severe-only instead of moderate-to-severe pain, and for other purposes; LYNCH; jointly, to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 21.

H.R. 1367 (FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM), to amend chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code, to ensure program integrity, transparency, and cost savings in the pricing and contracting of prescription drug benefits under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; LYNCH; to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, March 21.

H.R. 1371 (INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE), to restore to the Indian Health Service funds sequestered under section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to the extent that the percentage reduction for that program exceeded 2 percent; MCCOLLUM; to the House Committee on the Budget, March 21.

H.R. 1379 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow certain hospitals in Puerto Rico to qualify for incentives for adoption and meaningful use of certified EHR Technology under the Medicare program; PIERLUISI; jointly, to the House Committee on Ways and Means, March 21.

H.R. 1389 (ABORTION), to amend Title 10, U.S. Code, regarding restrictions on abortions at medical facilities of the Department of Defense; SLAUGHTER; to the Committee on Armed Services, March 21.

H.R. 1390 (MEDICARE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to preserve access to urban Medicare-dependent hospitals; SMITH; to the House Committee on Ways and Means, March 21.

H. RES. 133 (TUBERCULOSIS), commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs; ENGEL; jointly, to the committees on Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce, March 21.

H. RES. 135 (HEALTH WORKERS), recognizing the importance of frontline health workers toward accelerating progress on global health and saving the lives of women and children, and for other purposes; LOWEY; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, March 21.



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