Medicaid Pay Bump Legislation Introduced

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have introduced legislation that would extend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision which guaranteed that Medicaid payments to primary care physicians equal reimbursements from the Medicare program. S. 737 would also expand the payment alignment to OB-GYNs, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Doctors are reimbursed as much as 60 percent less under the Medicaid program than they are under Medicare or private insurers. The ACA’s Medicaid bump provision expired earlier this year. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), extension of the bump would cost at least $11 billion.

Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings

POSTPONED: House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee: hearing titled “Examining the 340B Drug Pricing Program;” a list of witnesses can be found here

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: hearing titled “America’s Health IT Transformation: Translating the Promise of Electronic Health Records Into Better Care;” a list of witnesses can be found here

Senate Budget Committee will mark up its fiscal 2016 budget resolution; time and place TBD; March 18 and 19

House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee: legislative hearing on H.R. 571, H.R. 593, H.R. 1015, H.R. 1017, H.R. 1128, H.R. 1129, and H.R. 1016, the “Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act of 2015;” 8:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; March 19

Senate Finance Committee: hearing titled “The Affordable Care Act at Five Years;” a list of witnesses can be found here; 9:30 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; March 19

Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control: hearing on the quota system used to manage controlled substances; time and place TBD; April 14

Health Legislation Recently Introduced

S. 679 (MEDICARE DATA), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase access to Medicare data; BALDWIN; to the Committee on Finance; March 9

H.R. 1343 (HOSPITAL READMISSIONS), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to adjust the Medicare hospital readmission reduction program to respond to patient disparities, and for other purposes; RENACCI; to the Committee on Ways and Means; March 10

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