POLICY BRIEFINGS


FY 2017 Appropriations Work Begins


Republican appropriators have resumed bicameral, bipartisan negotiations on the remaining 11 appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2017. It is still unclear whether lawmakers will attempt to pass the bills individually or in small groups. An omnibus package of all 11 bills is also still a possibility. Federal agencies are currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that expires April 28.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


S.348 (introduced by Sen. Al Franken): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries; Finance

H.R.1011 (introduced by Rep. Michael C. Burgess): To make clear that an agency outside of the Department of Health and Human Services may not designate, appoint, or employ special consultants, fellows, or other employees under subsection (f) or (g) of section 207 of the Public Health Service Act; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1017 (introduced by Rep. Charles W. Dent): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.1020 (introduced by Rep. Morgan H. Griffith): To allow the manufacture, importation, distribution, and sale of investigational drugs and devices intended for use by terminally ill patients who execute an informed consent document, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1027 (introduced by Rep. John P. Sarbanes): To amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to improve access to, and the delivery of, children’s health services through school-based health centers, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

S.353 (introduced by Sen. Susan M. Collins): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the rural addon payment in the Medicare home health benefit, and for other purposes; Finance

S.356 (introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow): A bill to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to improve access to, and the delivery of, children’s health services through school-based health centers, and for other purposes; Finance

H.R.1038 (introduced by Rep. Morgan H. Griffith): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prohibit prescription drug plan sponsors and MA-PD organizations under the Medicare program from retroactively reducing payment on clean claims submitted by pharmacies; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.1051 (introduced by Rep. Martha McSally): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the increase in the income threshold used in determining the deduction for medical care; Ways and Means

H.R.1058 (introduced by Rep. Brad Wenstrup): To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the role of podiatrists in the Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.1082 (introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to eliminate the State option to reduce the home equity exemption amount for purposes of eligibility for long-term care assistance under Medicaid, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1072 (introduced by Rep. Mark Sanford): To repeal provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide private health insurance reform, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Judiciary



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BRIEFING ARCHIVE


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