Recently Introduced Health Legislation cont.

H.R.427 (introduced by Rep. Albio Sires): To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the programs and activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to Tourette syndrome; Energy and Commerce

S.85 (introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the amendments made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which disqualify expenses for over-the-counter drugs under health savings accounts and health flexible spending arrangements; Finance

S.92 (introduced by Sen. John McCain): A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the personal importation of safe and affordable drugs from approved pharmacies in Canada; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

H.R.432 (introduced by Rep. Suzan K. DelBene): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand and modify the credit for employee health insurance expenses of small employers; Ways and Means

H.R.449 (introduced by Rep. Hakeem F. Jeffries): To require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress a report on the effects on public health of the increased rate of use of synthetic drugs: energy and Commerce

H.R.499 (introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis): To require members of Congress and congressional staff to abide by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with respect to health insurance coverage, and for other purposes; Oversight and Government Reform, House Administration, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.508 (introduced by Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard): To expand Medicare coverage to include eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

S.106 (introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz): A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 entirely; Finance

S.108 (introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on medical devices; Finance

S.109 (introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of pharmacist services; Finance

S.124 (introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar): A bill to prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market; Judiciary

Trump Administration Key Policy Personnel

White House Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus
Priebus is the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). He previously worked as chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. He has a long history in Republican politics as a grassroots volunteer. He worked his way up through the ranks of the Republican Party of Wisconsin as 1st Congressional District Chairman, State Party Treasurer, First Vice Chair, and eventually State Party Chairman. In 2009, he served as General Counsel to the RNC, a role in which he volunteered his time.

White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor: Stephen Bannon
Bannon worked as the campaign CEO for Trump’s presidential campaign. He is the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network, LLC and the Chief Executive Officer of American Vantage Media Corporation and Affinity Media. Mr. Bannon is also a Partner of Societe Gererale, a talent management company in the entertainment business. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Genius Products, Inc. since February 2005.

Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
Sen. Sessions began his legal career as a practicing attorney in Russellville, Alabama, and then in Mobile. Following a twoyear stint as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Sessions was nominated by President Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, a position he held for 12 years. Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the state’s chief legal officer until 1997, when he entered the United States Senate. Sessions currently sits on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

The Senate Judiciary held a hearing to examine Sen. Session’s nomination on January 10/11.

National Security Advisor: Michael Flynn
Flynn is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who last served as 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, from July 22, 2012 to August 7, 2014.

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Ks.)
Pompeo has been the U.S. Representative for Kansas’s 4th congressional district since 2011. Rep. Pompeo currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing to examine Rep. Pompeo’s nomination on January 12.

Ambassador to the United Nations: Governor Nikki Haley (R)
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was asked to serve as Trump’s next ambassador to the United Nations. Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, was elected as Governor in 2011. She is the youngest current governor in the United States. She previously served in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Gov. Haley’s nomination on January 18 at 10:00 a.m. in 419 Dirksen Bldg.

Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos has been tapped for the position of Secretary of Education. DeVos is a Michigan Republican activist and philanthropist. She is the former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, and is currently the chairman of The Windquest Group, a Michigan-based investment management company.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on Ms. DeVos’ nomination on January 17 at 5:00 p.m. in 430 Dirksen Bldg.

Secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS): Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.)
Congressman Tom Price was first elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004. Prior to going to Washington, Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate – two as Minority Whip. In 2002, Price became the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia. Price currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means. In the 114th Congress, Price was named Chair of the House Committee on the Budget. In previous Congresses, he has served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. For nearly twenty years, Rep. Price worked in private practice as an orthopaedic surgeon. Before coming to Washington he returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training. He received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Emory University.

HHS is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The mission of HHS is to enhance the health and wellbeing of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on Rep. Price’s nomination on January 18 at 10:00 a.m. in 430 Dirksen Bldg. The Senate Finance Committee has yet to announce a date for its nomination hearing.

Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Seema Verma
Seema Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company. Ms. Verma is the architect of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation's first consumer directed Medicaid program under Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal. SVC and Ms. Verma have developed many of the recent Medicaid reform programs including waivers for Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky and helped design Tennessee’s coverage expansion proposal and also provided technical assistance to Michigan as they implemented their 1115 Medicaid waiver. Ms. Verma and SVC also supported Iowa’s Medicaid transition to managed care, as well as supporting efforts Medicaid strategy efforts in Maine. Ms. Verma served as the State of Indiana’s health reform lead following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and has worked with multiple public health agencies and state insurance agencies as they prepared for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including interpreting and implementing regulatory changes and understanding the impact of the health exchanges on state insurance markets. Ms. Verma participated on the Republican Governor's Public Policy Committee on Medicaid reform and contributed to the development of the report “A New Medicaid: A Flexible, Innovation and Accountable Future.” Prior to consulting, Ms. Verma served as Vice President of Planning for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County and as a Director with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington D.C.

CMS is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, and is responsible for administering Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

United States Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin
Mnuchin worked as the national finance chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign. He is a former partner at Goldman Sachs, founded the hedge fund Dune Capital Management, and was an investor in the film industry.

The Treasury Secretary acts as an advisor on tax policy. Their Department is responsible for collecting taxes and enforcing tax law, which covers the formation of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and tax deductibility for health care expenses.

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Mr. Mnuchin’s nomination on January 19 at 10:00 a.m. in 215 Dirksen Bldg.

United States Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross
Ross worked as an economic advisor to Trump during his campaign. Ross is chairman and chief strategist of the private equity firm W.L. Ross & Co. He is a former banker and investor in industrial business.

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on Mr. Ross’ nomination on January 18 at 10:00 a.m. in 253 Russell Bldg.

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