POLICY BRIEFINGS


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


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

Senate Finance Committee: hearing titled “Creating a More Efficient and Level Playing Field: Audit and Appeals Issues in Medicare;” 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg., April 28

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: hearing titled “Continuing America’s Leadership: The Future of Medical Innovation for Patients;” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg., April 28

House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee: Public and Outside Witness Hearing; 8:30 a.m., 2359-C Rayburn Bldg.; April 29

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health: hearing titled “Legislative Hearing on 21st Century Cures;” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; April 30

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee: hearing titled “Examining Access and Quality of Care and Services for Women Veterans;” 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; April 30

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee: hearing titled “Assessing the Promise and Progress of the Choice Program;” 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; May 13


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


S. 1013 (REHABILITATION), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage and payment for complex rehabilitation technology items under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; COCHRAN; to the Committee on Finance; April 20

S. 1014 (COSMETICS), to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of cosmetics; FEINSTEIN; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; April 20

S. 1016 (PPACA), to preserve freedom and choice in health care; JOHNSON; to the Committee on Finance; April 20

H.R. 1906(RECREATIONAL THERAPY), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include recreational therapy among the therapy modalities that constitute an intensive rehabilitation therapy program in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital or unit; THOMPSON; to the Committee on Ways and Means; April 21

H.R. 1909 (VA); to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use existing authorities to furnish health care at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to veterans who live more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest medical facility of the Department that furnishes the care sought by the veteran; CULBERSON; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; April 21

H.R. 1919 (EYE TRACKING ACCESSORIES), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare beneficiary access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices and to remove the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program with respect to speech generating devices; MCMORRIS RODGERS; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means; April 21



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