Upcoming Congressional Hearings/Meetings

Senate Finance Committee hearing to examine bipartisan Medicare policies that improve care for patients with chronic conditions; 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; May 16

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Oversight Hearing with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins testifying entitled “Advances in Biomedical Research;” 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn; May 17

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing entitled “Examining Initiatives to Advance Public Health;” the Committee will consider H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act; H.R. 1836, the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act; H.R. 767, the SOAR to Health and Wellness Act; and the Action for Dental Health Act; 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; May 17

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on pending health and benefits legislation including S. 23, the Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act; 2:30 p.m., 418 Russell Bldg.; May 17

House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health hearing entitled “The Current Status of the Medicare Program, Payment Systems, and Extenders;” 2:00 p.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.; May 18

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

H.R.2351 (introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters): To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to provide treatment for diabetes in minority communities; Energy and Commerce

H.R.2360 (introduced by Rep. Joyce Beatty): To provide for systemic research, treatment, prevention, awareness, and dissemination of information with respect to sports-related and other concussions; Energy and Commerce

H.R.2368 (introduced by Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick): To authorize the use of experimental drugs, biological products, and devices by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Judiciary

H.R.2373 (introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the accreditation of osteopathic residency training programs for purposes of graduate medical education payments under the Medicare program; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.2376 (introduced by Rep. Leonard Lance): To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to protect and strengthen the drug supply chain in the United States by closing several statutory gaps in the penalty provisions of such Act that apply to drug diversion and counterfeiting; Energy and Commerce

H.R.2392 (introduced by Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky): To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish direct care registered nurse-to-patient staffing ratio requirements in hospitals, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.Res.315 (introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson): Expressing support for the designation of the week of May 6 through May 12, 2017, as National Nurses Week; Energy and Commerce

S.1044 (introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure equal access of Medicare beneficiaries to community pharmacies in underserved areas as network pharmacies under Medicare prescription drug coverage, and for other purposes; Finance

S.1045 (introduced by Sen. Patty Murray): A bill to guarantee coverage of certain women’s preventive services under all health plans; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.1048 (introduced by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch): A bill to expand patient access to experimental treatments in clinical trials, and for other purposes; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.1049 (introduced by Sen. Margaret Woods Hassan): A bill to allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to require that risk evaluation and mitigation strategies for certain drugs include communication plans that provide information about drug formulations or properties described in the drug labeling; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.1052 (introduced by Sen. Roger F. Wicker): A bill to strengthen the use of patient-experience data within the benefitrisk framework for approval of new drugs; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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