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The AHCA: On to Rules Committee and House Floor; The Third Prong: Additional Legislation; HRSA Further Delays 340B Final Rule

Legislative Activity The AHCA: On to Rules Committee and House Floor The American Health Care Act (AHCA) continues to make its way through the legislative process.  After surviving markups in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the House Committee on the Budget, it is time for … Continue Reading

Potential for Reconciliation Language to Move Through Committees This Week; HRSA Issues Notice to Delay Implementation of Final Rule on 340B

Legislative Activity Potential for Reconciliation Language to Move Through Committees This Week With reports that reconciliation language was available for House Republicans to review last week, sources indicate that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Ways and Means may mark up their respective reconciliation language this Wednesday, March 8, … Continue Reading

Repeal and Replace or Repair and Rebrand?; Energy and Commerce Holds First Hearing on User Fees; MedPAC and MACPAC Meetings This Week

Legislative Activity Repeal and Replace or Repair and Rebrand? With reconciliation instructions in the FY 2017 spending bill that initiate the House and Senate committees with health care jurisdiction to reduce the deficit, Republicans in both chambers are eager to use the fast-track, fifty-vote process to repeal and replace as much of the Affordable Care … Continue Reading

Verma Visits Senate Finance

Legislative Activity Verma Visits Senate Finance With Secretary Price now in place at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), it is Seema Verma’s turn to experience the Senate confirmation process as the nominee for Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On Thursday, February 16, Verma will appear before the … Continue Reading

Price Anticipates Confirmation Vote; Medicaid Legislation Moves Through Regular Order; 340B Regulation Pulled by OMB

Legislative Activity Price Anticipates Confirmation Vote On February 3, the Senate agreed to a procedural vote to move forward on Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA) nomination for the position of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Senate could vote on his confirmation this week. While Republicans support Rep. Price and believe … Continue Reading

Obamacare Replacement Activity Escalates

Legislative Activity Obamacare Replacement Activity Escalates Although the Republican retreat in Philadelphia resulted in no clear repeal and replace strategy, House and Senate Republicans will continue to move forward and hold the first committee hearings to discuss potential health care reform legislation this week. Following President Trump’s Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), … Continue Reading

Price Finance Confirmation Hearing Set for Tuesday; House to Consider Pro-Life Legislation; President Trump Issues Executive Order on ACA

Legislative Activity Price Finance Confirmation Hearing Set for Tuesday Last week, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) visited the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) for the first of two Senate confirmation hearings that resulted in the longest HELP confirmation hearing in over twenty years. The HELP hearing was heated, partisan, and merely a … Continue Reading

Senate Prepares for Vote-a-Rama; Four Bipartisan Health Bills Scheduled for House Floor; HRSA Releases Final Rule on 340B Drug Pricing Program; CMS Extends Temporary Moratoria; MedPAC Meeting This Week

Legislative Activity Senate Prepares for Vote-a-Rama This week, the Senate begins 50 hours of debate on the budget resolution, moving towards the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. While Republicans make final policy decisions on the language and continue to discuss their repeal and replace strategy, Democrats are working … Continue Reading

21st Century Cures Advances to Senate; Health Bills Scheduled for House Floor; MedPAC Meetings This Week

Legislative Activity 21st Century Cures Advances to Senate Last week the Senate amendment to H.R. 34, the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015 (21st Century Cures Act) overwhelmingly passed the House by a vote of 392 yeas to 26 nays. The bipartisan innovation package is the result of over two years of work … Continue Reading

Final 21st Century Cures Bill Released; HHS Rule on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Legislative Activity Final 21st Century Cures Bill Released Over the weekend, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released the final version of the 21st Century Cures Act. The bipartisan innovation package is the result of over two … Continue Reading

Republicans Discuss the Future of Obamacare; Lame Duck Session Commences; House to Consider Bipartisan Public Health Legislation

Legislative Activity Republicans Discuss the Future of Obamacare After six years of complaining about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) it is time for Republicans to take action, however a divide on how to tackle the law has developed. There are Republican members who prefer a transition to the new system of health … Continue Reading

House to Consider Bipartisan Public Health Legislation; Ways and Means Committee to Hold Hearing on Health Care Fraud; SAMHSA Final Rule on MAT for Opioid Use Disorders Reporting Requirements

Legislative Activity House to Consider Bipartisan Public Health Legislation This week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the consideration of two additional pieces of bipartisan health legislation. H.R. 1877, the Mental Health First Aid Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Substance Abuse and … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Health Legislation to be Considered on House Floor; The EpiPen Cost Controversy Continues; A Path Forward for the 21st Century Cures Act; Congressional Pediatric Trauma Caucus Holds Briefing on Injuries in Youth Sports

Legislative Activity Bipartisan Health Legislation to be Considered on House Floor House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released a full legislative schedule for the week of September 19, which includes votes on various health priorities. The legislation being considered includes H.R. 670, Special Needs Trust Fairness and Medicaid Improvement Act; H.R. 5713, Sustaining Healthcare Integrity and … Continue Reading

Republicans Seek to Attack the Affordable Care Act; Potential Zika Funding Deal in Senate; The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Marks Up Public Health Legislation; Updated Medicare Emergency Preparedness Regulations Released by HHS; HHS Releases Plans for Quality Payment Program in 2017

Legislative Activity Republicans Seek to Attack the Affordable Care Act This week House Republicans are putting the Affordable Care Act’s summer headlines front and center.  Both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will hold … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Conference Report; CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule; CMS Proposes OPPS and ASC System Changes

Legislative Activity Senate to Vote on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Conference Report Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate is expected to vote on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524) conference report this week. The bipartisan legislation authorizes grant programs; creates a task force on pain management; expands … Continue Reading

House Republicans to Release ACA Alternative; CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Improve Quality of Care

Legislative Activity House Republicans to Release ACA Alternative House Republicans announced they will release their long-awaited Affordable Care Act (ACA) Alternative this week. The Speaker’s Task Force on Health Care Reform was announced in January and is one of six committee-led task forces charged with developing “a bold, pro-growth agenda.” Members of the Health Care … Continue Reading

H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, Moves to Full Committee; Administration Releases Proposed Rule on Short-Term Health Plans

Legislative Activity H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, Moves to Full Committee H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, introduced by Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), is being considered by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday, June 15. The bill … Continue Reading

H.R. 5273, Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016, scheduled for House Floor Vote; FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Medicare Coverage of IDE Devices

Legislative Activity H.R. 5273, Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016, scheduled for House Floor Vote House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, announced H.R. 5273, Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 (HIP-C), introduced by House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA), … Continue Reading

Ways and Means Committee to Consider Proposals to Advance Hospital Reforms and Improve TANF; HRSA Delays the Release of 340B Rules

Legislative Activity Ways and Means Committee to Consider Proposals to Advance Hospital Reforms and Improve TANF On Tuesday, May 24, the House Committee on Ways and Means will continue their bipartisan work by marking up three pieces of legislation, including two bills to reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and the much … Continue Reading

Zika Funding Proposal Scheduled for House and Senate Vote; The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Examines the Administration’s Part B Drug Payment Model; ACA Non-Discrimination Regulation Released by HHS; Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) Convenes Thursday, May 19

Legislative Activity Zika Funding Proposal Scheduled for House and Senate Vote Both the House and Senate are expected to vote on Zika funding proposals this week, ending several weeks of disputes on the issue. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced H.R.__, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, 2016, will be considered on the House Floor. … Continue Reading

Opioid Bills Slated for House Floor Consideration

Legislative Activity Opioid Bills Slated for House Floor Consideration This week, the House of Representatives will consider 11 bills focused on combatting the opioid crisis. The legislation being considered will act as House companion legislation to S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which passed the Senate in March. The bills being considered … Continue Reading

House Committee on Energy and Commerce to Advance 12 Bills Addressing the Opioid Epidemic; Senate to Consider Emergency Supplemental Funding for the Zika Virus; CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Inpatient and LTCH Prospective Payment Systems

Legislative Activity House Committee on Energy and Commerce to Advance 12 Bills Addressing the Opioid Epidemic The House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced the committee will consider 22 bills April 26 and April 27, including 12 bills focused on combatting the opioid crisis that passed the Subcommittee on Health last week. The health bills … Continue Reading

House Committee on Energy and Commerce to Hold Hearing on MACRA Implementation; Senate Committee on Armed Services to Hold Hearing on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury; Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health to Mark Up Opioid Bills; CMS Launches Multi-Payer Initiative to Improve Primary Care in the U.S.

Legislative Activity House Committee on Energy and Commerce to Hold Hearing on MACRA Implementation On Tuesday, April 19, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing titled “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: Examining Physician Efforts to Prepare for Medicare Payment Reforms.” The Medicare Access and CHIP … Continue Reading
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