POLICY BRIEFINGS


House Members Push for an Increase in NIH Funding


A bipartisan group of more than 100 members of the House of Representatives have written to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee in support of a funding boost for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The letter calls for $32 billion to be appropriated to the agency, $2 billion above fiscal year (FY) 2015 levels. “Insufficient funding for NIH has a serious, wide-ranking impact on our nation’s health and our capacity for medical innovation in the 21st century,” the members wrote. “If we are serious about breaking new ground in our understanding of complex diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer, and if we hope to accelerate the speed with which new cures, treatments and vaccines are developed, then it’s absolutely essential that we increase funding for medical research at NIH.” The letter was led by Rep. Susan DelBene (D-Wash.).


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


Senate Special Aging Committee hearing on prescription drug prices; time and place TBA; December 9


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


H.R.4011 (introduced by Ruben Gallego): A bill to increase the number of graduate medical education positions treating veterans, to improve the compensation of health care providers, medical directors, and directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned; November 16

H.R.4015 (introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.): A bill to amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to authorize and support the creation of cardiomyopathy education, awareness, and risk assessment materials and resources by the Secretary of Health and Human Services through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the dissemination of such materials and resources by State educational agencies to identify more at-risk families; to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce;
November 16

H.R. 4052 (introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters of California): A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to prioritize the treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries through the National Health Service Corps, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; November 17

H.R. 4053 (introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters of California): A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants for repair and remodeling of community centers, clinics, and hospitals that serve veterans; to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; November 17

H.R. 4055 (introduced by Rep. Ellison): A bill to amend title IV of the Social Security Act to address the increased burden that maintaining the health and hygiene of infants and toddlers places on families in need, the resultant adverse health effects on children and families, and the limited child care options available for infants and toddlers who lack sufficient diapers, which prevents their parents and guardians from entering the workforce; to the Committee on Ways and Means; November 18

H.R. 4058 (introduced by Rep. Shuster): A bill to require that in cases of health insurance coverage cancelled pursuant to requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cancellation notices provided to enrollees include a statement such cancellation is because of such Act; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; November 18

H.R. 4059 (introduced by Rep. Black): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily adopt advance directives guiding the medical care they receive; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned; November 18



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