Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review July 31

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Power PlayWeek in Brief

On Tuesday, the Senate Voted to Proceed to Debate on Federal Health Care Reform Legislation. After Three Days of Debate and Votes on Various Amendments to the Legislation, Republican Leadership Pulled the Health Care Reform Bill from Senate Consideration.


July 24

Medicare: House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) Announces New Initiative, “The Medicare Red Tape Relief Project” to Reduce Medicare Regulations and Mandates. Full Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) Issues a Statement.

July 25

Medicare Part B: The House Unanimously Passes the Medicare Part B Improvement Act. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) Deliver Statements from the House Floor.

VA Choice Program: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN) Issue Statements on the House Vote on Funding for the VA Choice Program.

July 26

Diabetes: Senate Special Committee on Aging Holds a Hearing on Progress Toward a Cure for Type I Diabetes: Research and the Artificial Pancreas.

Medicare Advantage: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds a Hearing Examining the Extension of Special Needs Plans (SNPs) Under Medicare Advantage. Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) Issue Opening Statements.


Department of Health and Human Services

July 25

Health Cybersecurity: HHS Releases Revised HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool.

July 28

Medicaid: CMS Issues a Proposed Rule on State Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotment Reductions.

Enrollment: CMS Announces the Extension of the Temporary Moratoria on Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and CHIP Enrollment of New Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Certain Locations.

Home Health Agencies: CMS Issues Proposed CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule.

Department of the Treasury

July 26

Individual Insurance Exchanges: The IRS Issues Final Regulations on the Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit for Individuals Who Enroll in Qualified Health Plans Through ACA Marketplaces.


Congressional Hearings/Markups

HOUSE: August recess begins Friday July 28.


HELP Committee Hearing
“Nomination Hearing: Health and Human Services Nominees”
• Tuesday, August 1, 2017. 2:30PM
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Finance Committee Hearing
Nominations Hearing
• Thursday, August 3, 2017. 10:00AM
215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

For more information about this issue of Power Play: Washington Week in Review or more legislative and regulatory updates, contact the Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Government Relations and Public Policy group at (202) 466-6550.

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