POLICY BRIEFINGS


Cummings Meets with President on Drug Pricing


While the GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) does not contain any provisions that would address drug pricing, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said that the President is willing to work with Democrats on the issue. President Trump and Rep. Cummings met last week on the subject, and the President signaled he was open to granting the government more power to negotiate drug prices. Congressional Republicans have been historically opposed to such a policy. Rep. Cummings intends to introduce legislation on the subject in the coming weeks with Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).


Senate to Vote on CMS Nominee Today


The Senate has advanced Seema Verma, President Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The initial procedural vote passed 54-44, and scheduled a final vote on the nomination for 5:30 p.m. this evening.


Trump Nominates FDA Commissioner


President Trump has nominated Scott Gottlieb to be Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Gottlieb is a former FDA deputy commissioner, and is currently a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine, and is an internist at Tisch Hospital. He sits on the boards of several drug and biotech companies, and is an advisor to GlaxoSmithKline Plc. A Senate confirmation hearing on Dr. Gottlieb’s nomination has not yet been scheduled but will take place in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings/Meetings


House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee hearing on “Healthy Hiring: Enabling VA to Recruit and Retain Quality Providers;” 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; March 22


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.1375 (introduced by Rep. Katherine M. Clark): To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health of Human Services to award grants to States (or collaborations of States) to establish, expand, or maintain a comprehensive regional, State, or municipal system to provide training, education, consultation, and other resources to prescribers relating to patient pain, substance misuse, and substance abuse disorders, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1378 (introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper): To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of doctors of chiropractic in the National Health Service Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1381 (introduced by Rep. Morgan H. Griffith): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to permit States to impose an individual responsibility requirement for nondisabled, nonelderly, nonpregnant individuals made eligible for medical assistance; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1389 (introduced by Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with flexibility to provide care coordination under Medicaid for the most vulnerable through managed care; Energy and Commerce

H.R.1394 (introduced by Rep. Susan W. Brooks): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with flexibility with respect to providing coverage for nonemergency transportation under Medicaid; Energy and Commerce H.R.1395 (introduced by Rep. Michael C. Burgess): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC); Energy and Commerce

H.R.1408 (introduced by Rep. Darrell E. Issa): To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and to amend title 5, United States Code, to offer Federal employee health benefits plans to individuals who are not Federal employees, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, Judiciary, Appropriations, House Administration, Rules



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