POLICY BRIEFINGS


Recently Introduced Health Legislation cont.


S.253 (introduced by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy caps; Finance

S.256 (introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp): A bill to establish the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Training pilot program to address human trafficking in the health care system; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.260 (introduced by Sen. John Cornyn): A bill to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board; Finance

S.J.Res.16 (introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden): A joint resolution 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; Finance


S.J.Res.17 (introduced by Sen. John Cornyn): A joint resolution 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; Finance

H.R.817 (introduced by Rep. Lloyd Doggett): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent surprise billing practices, and for other purpose; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.820 (introduced by Rep. Michael T. McCaul): To maximize discovery, and accelerate development and availability, of promising childhood cancer treatments, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.Res.84 (introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell): Expressing support for designation of February 4, 2017, as National Cancer Prevention Day; Energy and Commerce

S.284 (introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent surprise billing practices, and for other purposes; Finance

S.292 (introduced by Sen. Jack Reed): A bill to maximize discovery, and accelerate development and availability, of promising childhood cancer treatments, and for other purposes; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 

S.297 (introduced by Sen. Susan M. Collins): A bill to increase competition in the pharmaceutical industry; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


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 Committee advanced Sen. Session’s nomination on February 1.

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 confirmed Rep. Pompeo by a vote of 66-32 on January 23.

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 confirmed Governor Haley to serve as U.N. ambassador by a vote of 96-4 on January 24.

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 (HELP) Committee advanced Ms. DeVos’ nomination on January 31. 

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 held a hearing on Rep. Price’s nomination on January 18. The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Rep. Price’s nomination on January 24. The Senate Finance Committee advanced Rep. Price’s nomination on February 1.

 

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 advanced Mr. Mnuchin’s nomination on February 1.

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 held a hearing on Mr. Ross’ nomination on January 18.

United States Secretary of Defense: General James Mattis
General James Mattis is a retired Marine general. Mattis has more recently worked as a national security fellow at the Hoover Institution. His appointment will require a waiver from Congress due to the seven-year buffer required of former military officers before they are allowed to head the Department of Defense.

Gen. James Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of Defense on January 20 by a vote of 98-1. 

United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson, MD
Dr. Carson is a retired surgeon who is known for being a pioneer in the field of neurosurgery. He worked as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1984 until his retirement in 2013, making him the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33. He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications. In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Dr. Carson ran as a Republican in the 2016 presidential elections. He has never held public office.

The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Development Committee held a hearing on Dr. Carson’s nomination on January 12.

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Scott Pruitt
Scott Pruitt is the Republican Attorney General of Oklahoma. Pruitt began his career in private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He served as a state senator from 1998 through 2006, during which time he was selected to serve as Republican Whip and later Republican Assistant Floor Leader. He was elected to serve as Oklahoma's Attorney General in 2010.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on Mr. Pruitt’s nomination on January 18.

Secretary of the Department of Energy: Rick Perry
Rick Perry is a Republican politician who served as the 47th Governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998, and assumed the governorship when then-Governor George W. Bush resigned to become president. Perry was the chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 and again in 2011. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and 2016.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Mr. Perry’s nomination on January 19.

Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson
Rex Tillerson is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He joined the company in 1975 as a production engineer.

The Senate confirmed Mr. Tillerson as Secretary of State by a vote of 56-43 on February 1.

Director of the National Economic Council: Gary Cohn 

Gary Cohn is an American investment banker. He is currently the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, where he has worked since 1990.

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: John Kelly
John Kelly is a retired Marine Corps general, and the former commander of the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. He previously served as the commanding general of the Multi-National Force—West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009, and later as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.

Gen. Kelly was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security on January 20 by a vote of 88-11. .

Secretary of the Interior: Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.)
Congressman Ryan Zinke is the sole Representative of Montana in the United States House. Ryan is a fifth generation Montanan, former state senator and a 23-year U.S. Navy SEAL veteran. In 2014, Ryan became the first Navy SEAL elected to the House. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee held a hearing on Rep. Zinke’s nomination on January 17.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)
Mick Mulvaney was elected in November 2010 as the Congressman for South Carolina's 5th District. He is a lifelong Carolinas resident. After practicing law following graduating law school, he started his own law firm. Later, he ran his family’s real estate business then started a small homebuilding company. He has also owned and operated his own restaurant. He currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee as well as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Budget Committee advanced Rep. Mulvaney’s nomination to the Senate floor on February 2.

Press Secretary: Sean Spicer
Sean M. Spicer has served as RNC Communications Director since 2011, and in February of 2015 added the duties of Chief Strategist. He previously served as Assistant United States Trade Representative for Media and Public affairs in the George W. Bush administration. From May 2005 to 2006, Sean was Communications Director for the House Republican Conference. Before that, he served as Communications Director for the House Budget Committee.

Director of Strategic Communications: Hope Hicks
Hope Hicks is the former press secretary for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, current spokeswoman for Trump's presidential transition team, and incoming White House Director of Strategic Communications. She previously worked with Ivanka Trump on her fashion line.

Director of Social Media: Dan Scavino
Dan Scavino was the director of social media for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. He founded and directs Scavino and Associates, a social media management company. 



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