POLICY BRIEFINGS


Upcoming Health-Related Hearings/Markups


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: will hold a hearing titled “Health Insurance Premiums Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;” 4:00 p.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg; May 20.

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee: will hold the first in a series of hearings on bipartisan Medicare reform proposals; 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg; May 21.

House Appropriations Committee: will meet to consider a report on the revised 302(b) sub-allocations of budget allocations for FY 2014 and mark up draft legislation that would make FY 2014 appropriations for military construction/VA programs. 11 a.m., 2359 Rayburn; May 21.

House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee: will hold a hearing on legislation regarding veterans’ health. 10 a.m., 334 Cannon; May 21.

Senate Special Aging Committee: will hold a hearing on the ten-year anniversary of the Medicare prescription drug program; 2:00 p.m., 366 Dirksen Bldg.; May 22.

Senate HELP Committee: will mark up the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act and the Drug Supply Chain Security Act; 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg; May 22.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee: will hold an oversight hearing on business practices of durable medical equipment companies. 2 p.m., 342 Dirksen: May 22.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: will hold a hearing “Examining Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Role in Delivering Services to the Severely Mentally Ill;” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg; May 22.

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee: will hold a hearing titled “Examining Drug Compounding;” 10:00 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg; May 23.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce: will hold a hearing titled “Improving Federal Health Care in Rural America: Developing the Workforce and Building Partnerships.” 10 a.m., 342 Dirksen; May 23.


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


S. 931 (BREAST CANCER), to amend the Public Health Service Act to raise awareness of, and to educate breast cancer patients anticipating surgery, especially patients who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, regarding the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses, and other options; BLUNT; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, May 13.

H. RES. 212 (MENTAL HEALTH), expressing support for designation of May 2013 as Mental Health Month; MURPHY of Pennsylvania; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, May 13.

S. 942 (WOMEN’S HEALTH), to eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; CASEY; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, May 14.

S. 945 (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 Medicare; SHAHEEN; to the Committee on Finance, May 14.

S. 946 (ABORTION), to prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions, and for other purposes; WICKER; to the Committee on Finance, May 14.

S. 948 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage and payment for complex rehabilitation technology items under Medicare; SCHUMER; to the Committee on Finance, May 14.

H.R. 7 (ABORTION), to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions; SMITH of New Jersey; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce, May 14.

H.R. 1958 (PRESCRIPTION DRUGS), to prohibit wholesalers from purchasing prescription drugs from pharmacies, and to enhance information and transparency regarding drug wholesalers engaged in interstate commerce; CUMMINGS; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, May 14.

H.R. 1971 (TRICARE), to direct the secretary of defense to provide certain TRICARE beneficiaries with the opportunity to retain access to TRICARE Prime; KLINE; to the Committee on Armed Services, May 14.

H.R. 1975 (WOMEN’S HEALTH), to eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; NADLER; jointly, to the committees on Education and the Workforce, House Administration, Oversight and Government Reform, and the Judiciary, May 14.

H.R. 1976 (MEDICAID), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide access to certified professional midwives for women enrolled in Medicaid; PINGREE of Maine; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, May 14.

H.R. 1980 (VETERANS’ HEALTH), to amend Title 38, U.S. Code, to prohibit the secretary of veterans affairs from requesting additional medical examinations of veterans who have submitted sufficient medical evidence provided by nondepartment medical professionals and to improve the efficiency of processing certain claims for disability compensation by veterans, and for other purposes; WALZ; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, May 14.




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