POLICY BRIEFINGS


Dems Outline Criteria to Evaluate Next HHS Secretary


Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have sent a letter to the President outlining the 51 priorities they will use to assess the next nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Many of the criteria are in direct opposition of the Administration’s current policies and agenda. The Senators state that the nominee should support Obamacare outreach and education efforts as well as access to Medicaid and Planned Parenthood. Both Committees are expected to hold confirmation hearings for the nominee, but only the Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction to vote to advance the nomination.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Meetings


House Ways and Means Committee markup of H.R. 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; 12:00 p.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.; November 6

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing “MACRA and Alternative Payment Models: Developing Options for Value-based Care;” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; November 8 House Veterans’ Affairs Committee markup of pending legislation; 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; November 8

House Education and Workforce Joint Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and Higher Education and Workforce Development hearing “Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities;” 10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.; November 8


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.4169 (introduced by Rep. Kenny Marchant): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the enrollment restriction on certain physicians and practitioners prescribing covered outpatient drugs under the Medicare prescription drug program; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.4173 (introduced by Rep. Jim Banks): To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the Veterans Crisis Line; Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.4178 (introduced by Rep. Jody C. Arrington): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for reform to and a permanent extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital program, and for other purposes; Ways and Means

H.R.4190 (introduced by Rep. Ann M. Kuster): To amend the 21st Century Cures Act to ensure the equitable distribution of resources to address the opioid epidemic, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.4191 (introduced by Rep. Billy Long): To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate an officer within the Department of Health and Human Services as having primary responsibility for the information security (including cybersecurity) programs of the Department, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce

H.R.4199 (introduced by Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter): To direct the Attorney General to establish a national pharmaceutical stewardship program to facilitate the collection and disposal of prescription medications; Energy and Commerce

S.2042 (introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar): A bill to authorize a joint action plan and report on drug waste; Finance

H.R.4200 (introduced by Rep. Kevin Brady): To provide for temporary funding for health insurance cost-sharing reduction payments and provide targeted tax relief, and for other purposes; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.4206 (introduced by Rep. Larry Bucshon): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize the physician self-referral prohibitions to promote care coordination in the merit-based incentive payment system and to facilitate physician practice participation in alternative payment models under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.4215 (introduced by Rep. Erik Paulsen): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure that providers of services receive adequate payments for the acquisition of hematopoietic stem cells under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Ways and Means

S.Res.319 (introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown): A resolution supporting the goals, activities, and ideals of Prematurity Awareness Month; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions



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