President Reallocates Funds to Ryan White

The President announced that HHS will redirect $15 million of existing HHS funding to the Ryan White program for supporting HIV clinics and $35 million to state AIDS drug assistance programs.  The President also pledged U.S. support to get antiretroviral drugs to six million people in countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.

DME Competitive Bidding to Begin

CMS announced that durable medical equipment suppliers in 91 areas of the nation may begin registering for competitive bidding this Monday as part of a process that will allow them to continue serving Medicare beneficiaries.  The 60-day period for Round Two bidding will begin January 30, 2012.

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

H.R. 3511 (DEFIBRILLATORS), to amend the Public Health Service Act to clarify liability protections regarding emergency use of automated external defibrillators; OLSON; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Nov. 29.

H.R. 3514 (ORGAN DONATION), to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the National Organ and Tissue Donor Registry Resource Center, to authorize grants for state organ and tissue donor registries, and for other purposes; CLAY; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Nov. 29.

H.R. 3516 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to Medicare payment for long-term care hospital services; MURPHY of Connecticut; to the Committee on Ways and Means, Nov. 29.

H.R. 3519 (MEDICARE), to amend to exempt the Medicare program from fallback sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011; TOWNS; to the Committee on the Budget, Nov. 29.

H. RES. 475 (REFORM), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the PPACA is unconstitutional; ROE of Tennessee; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules, and Appropriations, Nov. 29.

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