POLICY BRIEFINGS


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


S. 2639 (VETERANS’ HEALTH), to amend Title 38, U.S. Code, to increase the number of graduate medical education residency positions at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; BALDWIN; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, July 22.

S. 2645 (ACCESS), to provide access to medication-assisted therapy, and for other purposes; MARKEY; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, July 23.

H.R. 5173 (FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit to employers who provide paid family and medical leave; CASSIDY; to the Committee on Ways and Means, July 23.
H.R. 5175 (INSURANCE REGULATION), to amend the PPACA to repeal the risk corridor program, and for other purposes; LANCE; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, July 23.

H.R. 5177 (REFORM), to amend the PPACA to eliminate benefits under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for members of Congress so they are treated the same way as other taxpayers, and for other purposes; MAFFEI; jointly, to the committees on House Administration and Ways and Means, July 23.

H.R. 5183 (MEDICARE), to establish a demonstration program requiring the utilization of value-based insurance design to demonstrate that reducing the copayments or coinsurance charged to Medicare beneficiaries for selected high-value prescription medications and clinical services can increase their utilization and ultimately improve clinical outcomes and lower health-care expenditures; BLACK; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, July 23.

S. 2655 (WOMEN’S HEALTH), to reauthorize the Young Women’s Breast Health Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act of 2009; KLOBUCHAR; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, July 24.

S. 2658 (NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH), to prioritize funding for the National Institutes of Health to discover treatments and cures, to maintain global leadership in medical innovation and to restore the purchasing power the NIH had after the historic doubling campaign that ended in fiscal year 2003; HARKIN; to the Committee on the Budget, July 24

S. 2660 (HEALTH PLANS), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the special rules for accident and health plans of certain governmental entities, and for other purposes; CANTWELL; to the Committee on Finance, July 24.

S. 2662 (TELEHEALTH), to promote and expand the application of telehealth under Medicare and other federal health-care programs, and for other purposes; COCHRAN; to the Committee on Finance, July 24.

H.R. 5185 (WOMEN’S HEALTH), to reauthorize the Young Women’s Breast Health Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act of 2009; WASSERMAN SCHULTZ; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, July 24.



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