POLICY BRIEFINGS


Upcoming Hearings on Health Related Topics


House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Independent Payment Advisory Board: The Controversial Consequences for Medicare and Seniors” on July 13.

House Appropriations Committee on August 2nd will mark up draft legislation that would make FY 2012 appropriations for programs related to labor, health, human services, education and related agencies, subject to a LHHS subcommittee markup scheduled for July 26.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R. 2353 (TAXATION), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and increase the exclusion for benefits provided to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders; LARSON of Connecticut; to the Committee on Ways and Means, June 24.

H.R. 2363 (LITIGATION), to establish performance-based quality measures, to establish limitations on recovery in health care lawsuits based on compliance with best practice guidelines, and to provide grants to states for administrative health care tribunals; PRICE of Georgia; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 24.

H.R. 2364 (FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE), to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and Title 5, United States Code, to permit leave to care for a domestic partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandchild, or grandparent who has a serious health condition, and for other purposes; MALONEY; jointly, to the committees on Education and the Workforce, House Administration, and Oversight and Government Reform, June 24.

H.R. 2376 (STEM CELL RESEARCH), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, and for other purposes; DEGETTE; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 24.

H.R. 2385 (TAXATION), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow seniors a one-time, tax-free retirement plan distribution to pay for essential repairs to a principal residence, for medical expenses, or for expenses attributable to a Federally declared disaster; JONES; to the Committee on Ways and Means, June 24.

H. RES. 334 (HIV), supporting the goals and ideals of “National HIV Testing Day”; LEE of California; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 24.

H. RES. 335 (PATIENT SAFETY), recognizing the need for safe patient handling and movement; McCARTHY of New York; to the committees on Education and the Workforce and Energy and Commerce, June 24.

. RES. 336 (DISEASE AWARENESS), expressing support for designation of September 2011 as “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 24.
S. 1309 (MEDICAID), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to cover physician services delivered by podiatric physicians to ensure access by Medicaid beneficiaries to appropriate quality foot and ankle care; SCHUMER; to the Committee on Finance, June 30.

S. 1310. Durbin.A bill to improve the safety of dietary supplements by amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require manufacturers of dietary supplements to register dietary supplement products with the Food and Drug Administration and to amend labeling requirements with respect to dietary supplements; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, June 30.

S. 1317 (MEDICARE), to allow individuals to choose to opt out of the Medicare Part A benefit; DEMINT; placed on the calendar, June 30.



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