POLICY BRIEFINGS


Upcoming Health-Related Hearings/Markups


House Education and the Workforce Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee: will hold a field hearing titled “Health Care Challenges Facing North Carolina’s Workers and Job Creators;” 9:00 a.m., Room 106, Building 1000, South Campus, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, 1531 Trinity Church Rd., Concord, N.C; April 30.


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


S. 764 (HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS), to amend Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to require the disclosure of information regarding how certain taxes and fees impact the amount of premiums, and for other purposes; CORNYN; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, April 18.

H.R. 1615 (MENTAL HEALTH), to provide for a study by the Institute of Medicine on gaps in mental health services and how these gaps can increase the risk of violent acts; MCKINLEY; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, April 18.

H.R. 1619 (ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE RESEARCH), to authorize the issuance of United States bonds to fund Alzheimer’s research; BURGESS; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, April 18.

H.R. 1634 (MEDICAL FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase participation in medical flexible spending arrangements; BOUSTANY; to the Committee on Ways and Means, April 18.

H.R. 1661 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide comprehensive cancer patient treatment education under Medicare and to provide for research to improve cancer symptom management; ISRAEL; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, April 19.

H.R. 1666 (HEALTH CARE QUALITY), to create a patient-centered quality of care initiative for seriously ill patients through the establishment of a stakeholder strategic summit; quality of life education and awareness initiative; health care workforce training; an advisory committee; and palliative care focused research; and for other purposes; CLEAVER; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, April 23.

H.R. 1675 (HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit health plans without a deductible for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care to be treated as high-deductible plans with respect to health savings accounts; CASSIDY; to the Committee on Ways and Means, April 23.

H. CON. RES. 35 (MALARIA), supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day; CRENSHAW; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, April 23.

H. RES. 174 (FEDERAL BUDGET), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the speaker should immediately request a conference and appoint conferees to complete work on a FY 2014 budget resolution with the Senate; VAN HOLLEN; to the Committee on the Budget, April 23.

S. 800 (VETERANS’ HEALTH), to require the secretary of veterans affairs to ensure that the South Texas Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center at Harlingen, located in Harlingen, Texas, includes a full-service inpatient health care facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to redesignate such center, and for other purposes; CORNYN; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, April 24.

S. 806 (MEDICARE), to amend Part B of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to exclude customary prompt pay discounts from manufacturers to wholesalers from the average sales price for drugs and biologicals under Medicare; ROBERTS; to the Committee on Finance, April 24.

H.R. 1698 (MEDICAID/CHIP), to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to provide for 12-month continuous enrollment of individuals under Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes; GENE GREEN of Texas; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, April 24.

H.R. 1701 (CODING), to prohibit the secretary of health and human services replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10 in implementing the HIPAA code set standards; POE of Texas; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, April 24.

H.R. 1703 (MEDICAID), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to permit states to reduce the amount of home equity that is exempted for purposes of determining eligibility for long-term care assistance under Medicaid and to eliminate the state Medicaid maintenance of effort requirement established under P.L. 111-148 with respect to eligibility standards to obtain Medicaid assistance for long-term care services; BOUSTANY; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, April 24.

H.R. 1705 (MILITARY HEALTH), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to provide for certain forms of physical therapy under TRICARE; BURGESS; to the Committee on Armed Services, April 24.

H.R. 1717 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a market pricing program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) under Part B of Medicare; PRICE of Georgia; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Appropriations, April 24.

S. 810 (MILITARY HEALTH), to require a pilot program on an online computerized assessment to enhance detection of behaviors indicating a risk of suicide and other mental health conditions in members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes; DONNELLY; to the Committee on Armed Services, April 25.

S. 813 (ABORTION), to require that Peace Corps volunteers be subject to the same limitations regarding coverage of abortion services as employees of the Peace Corps with respect to coverage of such services, and for other purposes; REID; to the Committee on Foreign Relations, April 25.

S. 819 (VETERANS’ HEALTH), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to require a program of mental health care and rehabilitation for veterans for service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, or a related substance use disorder, and for other purposes; BURR; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, April 25.

S. 832 (VETERANS’ HEALTH), to require the secretary of veterans affairs to carry out pilot programs on furnishing case management services and assisted living to children of Vietnam veterans and certain Korea service veterans born with spina bifida and children of female Vietnam veterans born with certain birth defects, and for other purposes; DONNELLY; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, April 25.

S. 842 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program and the increased payments under the Medicare low-volume hospital program; SCHUMER; to the Committee on Finance, April 25.

S. 845 (VETERANS’ HEALTH), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professionals Educational Assistance Program, and for other purposes; TESTER; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, April 25.

S. 846 (MEDICAL LEAVE), to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to permit leave to care for a same-sex spouse, domestic partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandchild, or grandparent who has a serious health condition; DURBIN; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, April 25.



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