POLICY BRIEFINGS


ACA Replacement Task Force Holds First Meeting


The Congressional Task Force on Health Care Reform held their first ideas forum last week, following release of their mission statement: to modernize American health care with patient-centered solutions that improve access, choice, and quality, lower costs, promote innovation, and strengthen the safety net for the most vulnerable. The task force is comprised of Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas). The Task Force intends to hold hearings on advancing reforms in line with their mission statement, including innovations in employer-provided health care coverage, health tax expenditures, reforming broken insurance markets, increasing state flexibility and sustainability in the Medicaid program, and saving and strengthening Medicare. The group met last week to discuss ways to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A plan is not expected until after the November election.


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on “Financing and Delivery of Long-Term Care in the U.S.;” 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; March 1

Senate Foreign Relations Committee State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development Subcommittee hearing on “A Review of the FY2017 State and USAID Budget Request;” 2:30 p.m., 419 Dirksen Bldg.; March 1

House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.3716, the “Ensuring Terminated Providers are Removed from Medicaid and CHIP Act;” 3:00 p.m., H-313, U.S. Capitol; March 1

House Appropriations Committee Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Veterans Affairs Department; 9:30 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.; March 2

House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.; March 2

House Energy and Commerce Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Subcommittee hearing on “Bioethics and Fetal Tissue;” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; March 2

House Appropriations Committee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.; March 2

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Research and Technology Subcommittee hearing on “Smart Health: Empowering the Future of Mobile Apps;” 10:00 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Bldg.; March 2

House Energy and Commerce Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on “Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Zika Virus;” 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; March 2

House Foreign Affairs Committee Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee hearing on “The Growing Threat of Cholera and Other Diseases in the Middle East;” 2:00 p.m., 2172 Rayburn Bldg.; March 2

Senate Appropriations Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the FY2017 budget for the Food and Drug Administration; 2:00 p.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg.; March 2



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