POLICY BRIEFINGS


House Votes to Extend VA Choice Program


The House of Representatives passed a revised version of S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act, last week. The bill provides $2.1 billion in mandatory funds for the Veterans Choice Program, which allows care delivery outside of VA facilities. The legislation also authorizes $274.6 million for VA facility leases, and would expand the VA’s efforts to recruit and retain qualified health professionals. The program is set to run out of funding as early as mid-August. The funding included in S. 114 will extend the program for an additional six months.


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


Secretary for Health, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Surgeon General of the Public Health Service); 2:30 p.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; August 1

Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing examine the nominations of Gilbert B. Kaplan, of the District of Columbia, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Matthew Bassett, of Tennessee, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services; 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; August 3


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.3358 (introduced by Rep. Tom Cole): Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes; Appropriations

H.R.3360 (introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper): To promote and expand the application of telehealth under Medicare and other Federal health care programs, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.3378 (introduced by Rep. Jackie Walorski): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require reporting of certain data by providers and suppliers of air ambulance services for purposes of reforming reimbursements for such services under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.3382 (introduced by Rep. Katherine M. Clark): To amend the Public Health Service Act to better address substance use and substance use disorders among young people; Energy and Commerce

H.R.3391 (introduced by Rep. Andy Harris): To amend the Controlled Substances Act to make marijuana accessible for use by qualified marijuana researchers for medical purposes, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Judiciary

H.R.3393 (introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu): To increase cybersecurity education and job growth, and for other purposes; Science, Space, and Technology, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform

H.R.3394 (introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers): To reauthorize section 340H of the Public Health Service Act to continue to encourage the expansion, maintenance, and establishment of approved graduate medical residency programs at qualified teaching health centers, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.3417 (introduced by Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky): To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a pilot program to improve community-based care infrastructure; Energy and Commerce

H.R.3426 (introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the exclusion of Medicare coverage for hearing aids and examinations therefor, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.3443 (introduced by Rep. Suzan K. DelBene): To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit wellness programs, including those offered by health insurance issuers or in connection with a group health plan, from disclosing personally identifiable information related to individuals’ use or non-use of contraceptives; Energy and Commerce

H.R.3447 (introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide prescription drug plans under part D of the Medicare program with parts A and B Medicare claims data to promote the appropriate use of medications and improve health outcomes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.3450 (introduced by Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky): To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide protections for consumers against excessive, unjustified, or unfairly discriminatory increases in premium rates; Energy and Commerce

H.R.3451 (introduced by Rep. Jeff Denham): To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to expand the program for payments to teaching health centers with GME programs, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce



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