POLICY BRIEFINGS


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


H.R.5029 — To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to staff each medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs with at least one suicide prevention coordinator, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Watkins, Steve [R-KS-2]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.5030 — To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to take certain actions regarding suicides by veterans and mental health care furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Sponsor: Rep. Watkins, Steve [R-KS-2]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.5031 — To authorize the collection of supplemental payments to increase congressional investments in medical research, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.Res.688 — Recognizing 25 years since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt and reaffirming the goals and ideals of the ICPD Programme of Action, including comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights; Sponsor: Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-21]; Committees: House - Foreign Affairs

H.R.5032 — To amend chapter 73 of title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a rural recruitment office within the Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit health care professionals, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.5033 — To expand the eligibility of veterans for hospital care and medical services provided by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical providers under the Veterans Choice Program; Sponsor: Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.5036 — To prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from taking any action to implement, enforce, or otherwise give effect to the final rule, entitled “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority”; Sponsor: Rep. Pappas, Chris [D-NH-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.5039 — To lower the prices of excessively costly life-sustaining prescription drugs under part D of the Medicare program by requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate their prices, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.5057 — To clarify the treatment of pass-through status under the Medicare outpatient payment system for certain drugs; Sponsor: Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

S.2836 — A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from taking any action to implement, enforce, or otherwise give effect to the final rule, entitled “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority”; Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

H.R.5069 — To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop for consideration of the Congress a poverty line for purposes of the Community Services Block Grant Act, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Ocasio- Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14]; Committees: House - Education and Labor

H.R.5075 — To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, to repeal certain limits on leave for a married individuals employed by the same employer; Sponsor: Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45]; Committees: House - Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; House Administration

H.R.5076 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide information regarding vaccines for seniors as part of the Medicare & You handbook and to ensure that the treatment of cost sharing for vaccines under Medicare part D is consistent with the treatment of vaccines under Medicare part B, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Shalala, Donna E. [D-FL-27]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

S.Res.420 — A resolution encouraging the President to expand the list of the Department of Veterans Affairs of presumptive medical conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange to include Parkinsonism, bladder cancer, hypertension, and hypothyroidism; Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]; Committees: Senate - Veterans’ Affairs

S.2842 — A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to expand and expedite access to cardiac rehabilitation programs and pulmonary rehabilitation programs under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2845 — A bill to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, to repeal certain limits on leave for married individuals employed by the same employer; Sponsor: Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.2846 — A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for the continuing requirement of Medicaid coverage of nonemergency transportation to medically necessary items and services, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA]; Committees: Senate – Finance

H.Res.701 — Expressing support for policies that maintain a robust, fully-funded and staffed Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs and do not jeopardize care for veterans by moving essential resources to the for-profit private sector; Sponsor: Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs; Education and Labor

H.Con.Res.73 — Expressing the sense of Congress that public health professionals should be commended for their dedication and service to the United States on Public Health Thank You Day, November 25, 2019; Sponsor: Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.5103 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the floor on the area wage index under the inpatient prospective payment system to certain sole community hospitals; Sponsor: Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

S.2855 — A bill to require the Secretary to conduct a study and issue a report on the affordability of insulin; Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.2859 — A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the designation of general surgery shortage areas, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.2860 — A bill to repeal changes made by health care reform laws to the Medicare exception to the prohibition on certain physician referrals for hospitals, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2871 — A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income payments under the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program and certain amounts received under the Indian Health Professions Scholarships Program; Sponsor: Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]; Committees: Senate – Finance



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