POLICY BRIEFINGS


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Meetings


The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a markup of H.R. 181, Close Annuity Loopholes in Medicaid (CALM) Act and H.R. 829, The Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over Lottery Winners Act of 2017); 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; February 7

House Small Business Committee holds a hearing on “Reimagining the Health Care Marketplace for America’s Small Businesses,” Feb. 7, 11 a.m. 2360 Rayburn


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.Res.64 (introduced by Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky): Recognizing the roles and contributions of America’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and their role in providing quality healthcare for the public; Energy and Commerce

H.Res.67 (introduced by Rep. Elliot L. Engel): Expressing support for designation of November 2017, as “National Bladder Health Month”; Oversight and Government Reform

H.R.705 (introduced by Rep. Bill Flores): To amend titles XI and XIX of the Social Security Act to promote program integrity with respect to the enrollment of certain immigrants in State plans under Medicaid, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.706 (introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn): To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require verification for eligibility for enrollment during special enrollment periods in PPACA insurance plans, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.707 (introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn): To amend the Social Security Act to improve choices available to Medicare eligible seniors by permitting them to elect (instead of regular Medicare benefits) to receive a voucher for a health savings account, for premiums for a high deductible health insurance plan, or both and by suspending Medicare late enrollment penalties between ages 65 and 70; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.708 (introduced by Rep. Larry Bucshon): To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to change the permissible age variation in health insurance premium rates; Energy and Commerce

H.R.710 (introduced by Rep. Bill Flores): To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to better align the grace period required for non-payment of premiums before discontinuing coverage under qualified health plans with such grace periods provided for under State law; Ways and Means

H.R.714 (introduced by Rep. Morgan H. Griffith): To provide for the legitimate use of medicinal marihuana in accordance with the laws of the various States; Energy and Commerce

H.R.715 (introduced by Rep. Morgan H. Griffith): To provide for the rescheduling of marihuana, the medical use of marihuana in accordance with State law, and the exclusion of cannabidiol from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Judiciary

H.R.741 (introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a permanent extension of the enforcement instruction on Medicare supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.749 (introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader): To increase competition in the pharmaceutical industry; Energy and Commerce

H.R.750 (introduced by Rep. James F. Sensenbrenner, Jr.): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand and revise the classification of and payment for complex rehabilitation technology items under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.Res.69 (introduced by Rep. Stephen Knight): Expressing support for designation of the 17th day in May as “DIPG Awareness Day” to raise awareness and encourage the research into cures for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and pediatric cancers in general; Energy and Commerce

S.243 (introduced by Sen. John Thune): A bill to provide for a permanent extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals; Finance 


H.R.766 (introduced by Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a pilot program to expand telehealth options under the Medicare program for individuals residing in public housing located in health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.774 (introduced by Rep. Grace Meng): To remove the limitation on Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation nonprescription drugs; Energy and Commerce

H.J.Res.51 (introduced by Rep. David P. Roe): Approving the discontinuation of the process for consideration and automatic implementation of the annual proposal of the Independent Medicare Advisory Board under section 1899A of the Social Security Act; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.797 (introduced by Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove the matching requirement for a territory to use specially allocated Federal funds for Medicare covered part D drugs for lowincome individuals; Energy and Commerce

H.R.807 (introduced by Rep. Erik Paulsen): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy caps, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

S.251 (introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden): A bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board in order to ensure that it cannot be used to undermine the Medicare entitlement for beneficiaries; Finance

S.252 (introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require drug manufacturers to provide drug rebates for drugs dispensed to low-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program; Finance



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