POLICY BRIEFINGS


HHS Ten-Year Vaccine Plan


HHS announced a new 10-year vaccine plan called the 2010 National Vaccine Plan: Protecting the Nation’s Health through Immunization.  The goals of the plan are to: develop new and better vaccines; enhance the safety of vaccines and vaccine practices; support better vaccine understanding and decision making by the public, providers and policymakers; ensure a stable supply of, access to and better use of vaccines recommended in the U.S.; and increase global prevention of death and disease through safe use of vaccinations.


FDA Issues


House E&C Committee Hearing on FDA Approvals--At last week’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on FDA medical device approval rules, committee Republicans criticized the agency on its delays in approving medical devices, especially in comparison with the approval process in Europe.  However, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health Director said adopting the European system would result in greater harm to patients.  He also asked for greater funding to help speed up the process, but was rebuffed by Republicans who said the budget crisis would not permit increased funding.

Certain Device Items Exempted from FDA Premarket Review--Last week the FDA issued a final rule that reclassifies certain hardware and software medical device data systems (MDDSs) from class III (highest risk, needing premarket approval) into class I (general controls), thus exempting them from premarket review.  The rule is effective April 18.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R. 663 (REFORM), to delay the implementation of the health reform law until the Supreme Court determines the constitutionality of the individual mandate; BRADY of Texas; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, the Judiciary, Rules, Appropriations, and House Administration, Feb. 11.

H.R. 664 (CHIROPRACTORS), to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize appointment of Doctors of Chiropractic to regular and reserve corps of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and for other purposes; GENE GREEN of Texas; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Feb. 11.

H.R. 666 (PUBLIC HEALTH), to amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the secretary of health and human services, acting through the Center for Health Statistics, to allocate such sums as may be necessary for the collection of statistics from the most recent versions of the standard certificates of live birth and death and the standard report of fetal death; COHEN; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Feb. 11.

H.R. 669 (MEDICAID), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to require 12-month continuous coverage for children under Medicaid; GENE GREEN of Texas; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Feb. 11.

H.R. 671 (STATE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to require 12-month continuous coverage under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program; GENE GREEN of Texas; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Feb. 11.

H.R. 675 (PROGRAM EXCLUSIONS), to amend Title XI of the Social Security Act to expand the permissive exclusion from participation in federal health care programs to individuals and entities affiliated with sanctioned entities; HERGER; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and the Budget, Feb. 11.

H.R. 676 (HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE), to provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes; CONYERS; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Natural Resources, Feb. 11.

H.R. 698 (REFORM), to deauthorize and rescind funding for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health-care-related provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; SCOTT of South Carolina; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, and Appropriations, Feb. 14.

H.J. RES. 30 (HEALTH CARE COVERAGE), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right of citizens of the United States to health care of equal high quality; JACKSON of Illinois; to the Committee on the Judiciary, Feb. 14.

H.R. 718 (MEDICARE), to require the commissioner of Social Security to revise the medical and evaluation criteria for determining disability in a person diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and to waive the 24-month waiting period for Medicare eligibility for individuals disabled by Huntington’s Disease; FILNER; to the Committee on Ways and Means, Feb. 15.

H.R. 722 (PRESCRIPTION DRUGS), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny any deduction for direct-to-consumer advertisements of prescription drugs; NADLER; to the Committee on Ways and Means, Feb. 15.

S. 362 (PANCREATIC CANCER INITIATIVE), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a Pancreatic Cancer Initiative, and for other purposes; WHITEHOUSE; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Feb. 16.

S. 373 (DRUGS), to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the marketing of authorized generic drugs; ROCKEFELLER; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Feb. 16.

H.R. 733 (PANCREATIC CANCER INITIATIVE), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a Pancreatic Cancer Initiative, and for other purposes; ESHOO; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Feb. 16.

H.R. 734 (TAXATION), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the medical device tax, and for other purposes; BILBRAY; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Appropriations, Feb. 16.

H.R. 741 (DRUGS), to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the marketing of authorized generic drugs; EMERSON; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Feb. 16.



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