POLICY BRIEFINGS


House Leadership Elections to be Held Nov. 17, 18, and 19


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will run for re-election as speaker for the 117th Congress. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also announced his bid to serve in the position again during the next session of Congress, and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) is expected to remain in his leadership spot as well. There will be contested races for assistant speaker and Democratic Caucus vice-chair. Current assistant speaker Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.) was elected to the Senate, and Katherine Clark (Mass.), David Cicilline (R.I.), and Tony Cardenas (Calif.) are running to replace him. Pete Aguilar (Calif.), Robin Kelly (Ill.), and Deb Haaland (N.M.) are vying for the position of caucus vice-chair. The winner would serve alongside Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), caucus chair, who is not expected to face competition for his position. Brenda Lawrence (Mich.), Colin Allred (Texas), and Jason Crow (Colo.) are seeking the position of Democratic Caucus representative for junior members. Cheri Bustos, the current DCCC Chair, may also face a challenge, given the disappointing Election Day results. House Democrats plan to return on November 18 and 19, along with members-elect, to choose leaders for the next session of Congress starting in January. This will involve nominating a speaker, who will later be elected by the full House of Representatives.

House Republican leadership elections are scheduled to be held November 17. The top three members – Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) – are running unopposed. A vote on conference rules for the 117th Congress and Steering Committee structure ratification will take place on November 18. The Steering Committee will meet at a later time once the structure is ratified to determine which members will lead and sit on the panel.


Biden to Announce COVID-19 Task Force


President-elect Joe Biden will announce his 12-member coronavirus task force today. The group will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former commissioner of Food and Drugs David Kessler, and Yale University professor of public health Marcella Nunez-Smith. It will also include former Obama administration health adviser Ezekiel Emanual. Biden’s previously released coronavirus response plan aims to increase testing capacity, fund the safe reopening of schools and businesses, and provide for equitable and free vaccine distribution.


HHS Rule Review Proposal Meets Criticism from Lawmakers


Aproposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been met with criticism by House Democratic leaders. The regulation would provide for HHS to review each of its regulations every 10 years, requiring regulations that are more than 10 years old to be reviewed within the first two years of the rule’s enactment. Regulations that are not reviewed during the provided window will expire. This would leave 2,480 rules for HHS to review during the first two years of the regulation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) characterized the proposal as a reflection of the Trump administration’s “disdain for science and governance.” Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) also raised concerns that it would divert resources away from other more important department priorities. Public comments on the rule are due by December 4, except for certain provisions that will be open for comment through January 4.


HHS Once Again Updates the PRF Reporting Requirements


All providers who receive more than $10,000 in funds (excluding any funds related to the uninsured) from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) must follow the PRF Reporting Requirements. These Reporting Requirements include key calculations for determining whether a provider is able to retain those funds or if the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will opt to recoup certain funds. On November 2, HHS further updated its Reporting Requirements and its FAQs. The new question highlights a significant clarification within the Reporting Requirements. This update clarifies that any lost patient revenue is NOT offset by any funds received for coronavirus-related expenses. Therefore, now, to determine if a provider should retain any PRF funds, the provider will first determine any health care related expenses attributable to coronavirus that another source has not reimbursed and is not obligated to reimburse and then calculate any changes from 2019 in patient revenues. This clarification should ensure that most providers are eligible to retain a larger portion of the PRF funds.


Hart Health Strategies COVID-19 Resources


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Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.14 — To increase the Federal commitment to defeating the virus that causes COVID-19 and prepare for future pandemics, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]; Committees: House - Budget; Homeland Security; Energy and Commerce; Judiciary; Transportation and Infrastructure; Science, Space, and Technology; Ways and Means

H.R.8702 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an increase in payment under part B of the Medicare program for certain services in response to COVID-19; Sponsor: Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.8705 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to institutions of higher education to develop programs and materials to educate students who have a substance use disorder on treatment options for such disorder, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8709 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to enter into an arrangement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a comprehensive study on the health care impacts of the use of kinetic impact projectiles in the United States, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8710 — To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authorization period for emergency treatment in non- Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities under the Veterans Community Care Program; Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.8723 — To condition receipt of State funding from the Bureau of Health Workforce on adoption by the State of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8725 — To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve access to adult vaccines under Medicaid; Sponsor: Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8727 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent certain telehealth flexibilities under the Medicare program related to the COVID-19 public health emergency; Sponsor: Rep. Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [R-GA-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means



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