Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review July 24

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Power PlayWeek in Brief

Senate Republicans Release Latest Health Care Reform Draft. A Senate Vote on Health Care Legislation is Tentatively Planned for the Coming Week.


July 20

Regulation/Deregulation: OIRA Publishes the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

July 21

Health Care Reform: Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Secretary Tom Price Host a Roundtable Discussion on the State of the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care Reform.


July 18

ACA: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Issues a Statement on the Future of the ACA.

Individual Insurance Market: Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Releases a Statement on the Senate’s Efforts to Stabilize the Individual Health Insurance Market.    

340B: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Holds a Hearing “Examining HRSA’s Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program.” Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) Issue Opening Statements.

July 19

FY2018 Appropriations Bill: The House Committee on Appropriations Holds a Full Committee Markup of the FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education FY2018 Appropriations Bill.

Medicare: House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Holds a Hearing on “Efforts to Combat Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Medicare Program.” Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Ranking Member John Lewis (D-GA) Issue Opening Statements.

July 20

Medicare: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds a Hearing Examining Bipartisan Bills to Improve Medicare. Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Full Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) Issue Opening Statements.

Health Care Reform: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Issues a Statement from the Senate Floor on Efforts to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act.


Department of Health and Human Services

July 17

Oversight: HHS OIG Updates Its 2017 Work Plan Published in November 2016.

July 19

Health Insurance Exchanges: CMS Updates the Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map.


July 17

DME: GAO Issues a Report, Medicare: CMS Should Evaluate Providing Coverage for Disposable Medical Devices That Could Substitute for Durable Medical Equipment.

July 18

340B: GAO Issues an Update on HRSA’s Efforts to Improve 340B Program Oversight as Testimony Before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

July 19

Medicare Advantage Program: GAO Issues House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Testimony, Medicare Advantage Program Integrity: CMS’s Efforts to Ensure Proper Payments and Identify and Recover Improper Payments.


Congressional Hearings/Markups


Senate Special Committee on Aging
Progress Towards a Cure for Type I Diabetes: Research and the Artificial Pancreas
• July 26, 2017 | 9:30a.m.
106 Dirksen Senate Office Building


House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Examining the Extension of Special Needs Plans
• July 26, 2017 10:15 a.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building

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