Lawmakers Continue to Prepare for Outcome of King v. Burwell

Although the Supreme Court is expected to make its decision in the King v. Burwell case later this month, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) has confirmed that Senate Republicans will not unite behind a transition plan before the Court’s ruling is announced. Sen. Barrasso noted that the potential unpredictability of the ruling may make it difficult to choose an applicable Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement. According to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a bill will be prepared in the House, but won’t be made public until after the ruling. The Ways and Means Committee Chairman is one of three Republican leaders charged with creating a contingency plan should the court strike down the ACA subsidies. This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also released a new estimate of the number of people who would be affected by the decision should the Supreme Court rule against the Administration. HHS calculates that 6.4 million people across 34 states have received a tax subsidy to help them purchase health coverage.

Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings

House Ways and Means Committee: hearing on the 2010 health care law implementation and the fiscal 2016 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services; 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.; June 10

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee: hearing titled “Health Information Exchange: A Path Towards Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care for Patients;” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; June 10

House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight and Investigations (O&I) Subcommittee: hearing titled “Prescription Mismanagement and the Risk of Veteran Suicide;” 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; June 10

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee: hearing titled “Examining H.R. 1786, James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act”; 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; June 11

Health Legislation Recently Introduced

H.R. 2597 (INNOVATION), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to promote health care technology innovation and access to medical devices and services for which patients choose to self-pay under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; PAULSEN; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce; June 1

H.R. 2603 (SAFE HARBOR), to provide for the creation of a safe harbor for defendants in medical malpractice actions who demonstrate adherence to clinical practice guidelines; BARR; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary; June 2

H.R. 2614 (RELATIVE VALUE SCALE), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an expert advisory panel regarding relative value scale process used under the Medicare physician fee schedule, and for other purposes; MCDERMOTT; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means; June 2

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