Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Meetings

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing “The Cost of Prescription Drugs: How the Drug Delivery System Affects What Patients Pay, Part II;” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; October 17

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing “Examining How Healthy Choices Can Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs;” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; October 19

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on draft legislation to establish a permanent Veterans Choice Program; draft legislation to modify VA’s authority to enter into agreements with State homes to provide nursing home care to veterans, to direct the Secretary to carry out a program to increase the number of graduate medical education residency positions, and for other purposes; the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) legislative proposal, the Veteran Coordinated Access and Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act; H.R. 1133; H.R. 2123; H.R. 2601; and, H.R. 3642; 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; October 24

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

H.R.3991 (introduced by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham): To amend section 303(g)(2) of the Controlled Substances Act to allow certain pharmacists to dispense narcotic drugs for maintenance or detoxification treatment pursuant to the same waiver provisions as apply with respect to nurse practitioners and physician assistants; Energy and Commerce, Judiciary

H.R.3992 (introduced by Rep. Kristi L. Noem): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to delay application of, transition to, and limit savings for the home health groupings model under the Medicare home health prospective payment system, and for other purposes; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.4004 (introduced by Rep. Bill Posey): To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require employees of the White House to enroll in Obamacare, and for other purposes; Oversight and Government Reform, Energy and Commerce

H.R.4005 (introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to allow for medical assistance under Medicaid for inmates during the 30-day period preceding release from a public institution; Energy and Commerce

H.R.4006 (introduced by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez): To establish a Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan demonstration program to target home and community-based care to eligible Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.Res.567 (introduced by Rep. Karen Bass): Expressing support for the physician assistant (PA) profession and the designation of the week of October 6 through 12, 2017, as “National PA Week”; Energy and Commerce

H.R.4059 (introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers): To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that physicians of the Department of Veterans Affairs fulfill the ethical duty to report to State licensing authorities impaired, incompetent, and unethical health care activities; Veterans’ Affairs

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