Democrats Call on White House to Rescind Executive Order

A group of Senate Democrats have written to the President asking to rescind the January 20 executive order that instructed his Administration to undo as much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as possible. The letter was signed by 44 Senate Democrats. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, as well as Independent Angus King of Maine, did not sign it, but have all expressed opposition to full repeal of the 2010 health care law.

Legislation Introduced to Assist those Without Marketplace Options

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have introduced legislation aimed at assisting Americans who receive health insurance subsidies but have no plans available to them on the exchange. The Health Care Options Act of 2017 will allow those who live in counties with no health insurance options on the exchange to use their subsidy to purchase any state-approved plan for sale on the individual market. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate will not apply to this population. The temporary authority provided by S. 761 would only be in place through the end of the 2019 plan year.

Upcoming Congressional Hearings/Meetings

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on “FDA User Fee Agreements: Improving Medical Product Regulation and Innovation for Patients, Part II;” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; April 4

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on “Cybersecurity in the Health Care Sector: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships;” 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; April 4

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Scott Gottlieb, MD, to serve as Commissioner of Food and Drugs; 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; April 5

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

H.R.1718 (introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks): To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, Judiciary, House Administration, Rules, Appropriations

H.R.1732 (introduced by Rep. Charles Dent): To amend the Controlled Substances Act to add certain synthetic substances to schedule I, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Judiciary

H.R.1736 (introduced by Rep. Larry Bucshon): To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the process for inspections of device establishments and for granting export certifications; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1766 (introduced by Rep. David P. Roe): To prohibit conditioning health care provider licensure on participation in a health plan or the meaningful use of electronic health records; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1775 (introduced by Rep. Peter A. DeFazio): To amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to direct the President to negotiate prescription drug prices and establish a formulary on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.1776 (introduced by Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky): To improve access to affordable prescription drugs; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Judiciary

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