POLICY BRIEFINGS


Data Book on Dual Eligibles Released


The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) have released the third edition of the joint data book titled Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The data book is a part of an ongoing effort by both groups to better understand the characteristics of dually eligible beneficiaries and their use of health care services. This edition includes 2011 data and 2007-2011 trends in the population’s composition, associated service use, and spending. The data book is meant to inform Congress as well as each commission’s discussions about the policy issues surrounding the dual eligible population.


Federal Spending on Medicaid Managed Care Reaches $107 Billion


Federal spending on Medicaid managed care accounted for one-third of total federal Medicaid spending in fiscal year (FY) 2014, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The agency finds that states are increasingly using managed care as they expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Federal spending on managed care rose from $27 billion in FY 2004 to $107 billion in FY 2014.


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


Senate Special Aging Committee field hearing: “Fighting Against a Growing Epidemic: Opioid Misuse and Abuse Among Older Americans;”, 21170 Ashby Ponds Boulevard, Ashburn, Va.; January 25, time tbd (originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m.)

POSTPONED: House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing: “Examining Medicaid and CHIP’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage;” 10:00 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; January 26

POSTPONED: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing: “Developments in the Prescription Drug Market: Oversight;” 2:00 p.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.; January 26

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing: “Generic Drug User Fee Amendments: Accelerating Patient Access to Generic Drugs;” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; January 28

House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee: hearing on “Choice Consolidation: Evaluating Eligibility Requirements for Care in the Community;” 10:00 a.m.,334 Cannon Bldg.; February 2

House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on biosimilars, details TBD; February 4

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee markup: S.1622, the “FDA Device Accountability Act of 2015”; S.2030, the “Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act of 2015”; S.849, the “Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015”; S.2014, the “Next Generation Researchers Act”; S.800, the “Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act”; and legislation regarding health IT and FDA regulation of duodenoscopes; time TBA; 430 Dirksen Bldg.; February 9

House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee: hearing on “Choice Consolidation: Improving VA Community Care Billing and Reimbursement;” 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; February 11

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee executive session on the innovation agenda; time and place TBA; March 9

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee final markup on innovation agenda; time and place TBA; April 6



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