POLICY BRIEFINGS


NIH Requests Additional Funds for Alzheimer's Research in Bypass Budget


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its first bypass budget last week, requesting an additional $323 million for Alzheimer’s research. This number represents the amount of money the agency estimates that it will need beyond its baseline budget in 2017 to meet the goals set by the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The ultimate goal of the Action Plan is to effectively treat and prevent Alzheimer’s and related dementias by 2025. The submission of this professional judgment budget proposal is subject to review from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the White House, and Congress, but final approval of the request will come from congressional appropriators. Further increasing NIH funding would likely require a lifting of the budget caps above sequestration levels. It is estimated that the number of Alzheimer’s cases will triple by 2050 due to the aging population and a lack of effective treatments.


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: executive session to consider legislation including S. 1893, the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act of 2015, S. 481, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, and Dr. Karen DeSalvo to be Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services; 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; August 6


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


H.R. 3215 (FETAL TISSUE), to prohibit any person from soliciting or knowingly acquiring, receiving, or accepting a donation of human fetal tissue for any purpose other than disposal of the tissue if the donation affects interstate commerce and the tissue will be or is obtained pursuant to an induced abortion; LAMBORN; to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; July 27

H.R. 3216 (VA), to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the emergency hospital care furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to certain veterans; NEWHOUSE; to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; July 27

H.R. 3220 (MEDICARE), to establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program; ROSKAM; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce; July 27

H.R.3225 (RURAL HEALTH), to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for enhanced payments to rural health care providers under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes; GRAVES; jointly, to the committee on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and the Budget; July 27

H.R.3229 (REHABILITATION), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the non-application of Medicare competitive acquisition rates to complex rehabilitative wheelchairs and accessories; ZELDIN; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means; July 27

S.1871 (MEDICARE), to establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program; KIRK; to the Committee on Finance; July 27

H.R. 3241 (PPACA), to amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to authorize the establishment of, and provide support for, State-based universal health care systems that provide comprehensive health benefits to State residents, and for other purposes; MCDERMOTT; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, and Education and the Workforce; July 28



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