POLICY BRIEFINGS


Finance Committee Advances Two Nominees


The Senate Finance Committee unanimously advanced the nominations of two individuals to serve in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Matthew Bassett to be an Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Robert Charrow to serve as General Counsel. Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) expressed his hopes that the full Senate will act quickly on their nominations.


Tuesday Group Co-Chair to Retire


Co-Chair of the centrist House GOP Tuesday Group Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) announced that he would not be seeking reelection for an eighth term in the House of Representatives. Rep. Dent has been an outspoken critic of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). State representative Justin Simmons had recently announced plans to challenge Dent in the Republican primary. Dent is one of a handful of Republicans from potential swing districts who have announced their retirement, along with Reps. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).


Most Opioid Misuse Stems From Prescription Drugs


According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), nearly 12 million Americans misused opioids in 2016. The government survey found that the majority of misuse occurred with prescription painkillers rather than heroin. Less than a quarter of those who misused opioids sought treatment for addiction.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


S.1764 (introduced by Sen. Cory A. Booker): A bill to extend the principle of federalism to State drug policy, provide access to medical marijuana, and enable research into the medicinal properties of marijuana; Judiciary

H.Res.503 (introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins): Recognizing the importance of cancer program accreditation in ensuring comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered cancer care; Energy and Commerce

H.Res.506 (introduced by rep. David B. McKinley): Expressing support for designation of the month of September as “Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month”, in recognition of the costs imposed by rheumatic diseases, the need for increased medical research, and the quality care provided by trained rheumatologists; Energy and Commerce


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Meetings


Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: State Flexibility; 10:00 a.m., 930 Dirksen Bldg.; September 12

Senate Finance Committee hearing on Health Care: Issues Impacting Cost and Coverage; 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; September 12

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on Modernizing the FDA’s Regulation of Over-the-Counter Drugs; 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; September 13

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Health Care Stakeholders; 10:00 a.m., 930 Dirksen Bldg.; September 14

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on Supporting Tomorrow’s Health Providers: Examining Workforce Programs Under the Public Health Service Act; 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; September 14



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