Week in Brief

Opioids: Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Chairs a Hearing on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Delivers Opening Remarks.


Medicaid: President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Encouraging Federal Government Agencies to Impose New Restrictions on Federal Assistance. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Responds With Statement.


Monday, April 9

Health Spending: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Issues a Statement on the CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook Report.

Health Benefits and Payments: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Issues Statement Regarding HHS’s Proposed Benefit and Payment Guidelines.

Opioids: The House Committee of Energy and Commerce Publishes a Blog Post on Its Members’ Recent Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis.

Tuesday, April 10

Appointments: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is Selected as Senate Appropriations Chairman for the Remainder of the 115th Congress. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Issues Statement of Support of The Appointment.

Wednesday, April 11

Opioids: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Crime and Terrorism Holds Hearing on Fentanyl.

Opioids: The House Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules Holds Hearing on Local Responses to the Opioid Epidemic.

Thursday, April 12

Medicaid Payments: The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Holds Hearing on Improper Medicaid Payments and Medicaid Data Sharing.


Monday, April 9

ACA Payment: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Issues Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019.

Overdose Treatment: SAMHSA Announces New Overdose Treatment Grant Program.

Tuesday, April 10

Infectious Diseases: HHS Begins Nationwide Patient Movement Test For Patients with Highly Infectious Diseases.

Opioid Response Funding: The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Announces New Grant Initiative.

Thursday, April 12

Medicaid: The U.S. Government Accountability Office Releases a Report on Opportunities for Improving Medicaid’s Program Oversight, Focusing on the Reduction of Improper Payments.


House Committee on Appropriations
FY 2019 Budget Hearing – Indian Health Service
April 17, 2018, 10:00 AM
2007 Rayburn

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Health Legislative Hearing
April 17, 2018, 2:30 PM
334 Cannon House Office Building

Senate Finance Committee
Tackling Opioid and Substance Use Disorders in Medicare, Medicaid, and Human Services Programs
April 19, 2018, 10:00 AM
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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