WHITE HOUSE UPDATE

Opioids Summit: President Trump Gives Remarks at the White House Opioids Summit.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

February 27, 2018

Opioid Legislation: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) Send Requests for Information to Stakeholders on Ways to Prevent and Treat Opioid Abuse and Dependence via Medicare.

Senate HELP Committee Hearing: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Holds Hearing Entitled, The Opioid Crisis: The Role of Technology and Data in Preventing and Treating Addiction.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee: The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Holds Hearing Entitled, Legislative Presentation of the Disabled American Veterans.

House Judiciary Committee: The House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing Entitled, Competition in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: The Proposed Merger of CVS Health and Aetna.

February 28, 2018

House Energy & Commerce Committee: The House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Hearing entitled, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Helping Communities Balance Enforcement and Patient Safety.

March 1, 2018

Denied Health Claims: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Seek Answers from Aetna Regarding Denying Coverage of Patient Care.

CDC Director Candidate: Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Leads Senate Democrats on the HELP Committee in Sending a Letter to President Trump Regarding Nominations for the CDC Director Position.

Opioid Crisis: House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) Delivers Keynote at a Forum Contemplating Solutions to the Opioid Crisis at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Opioid Crisis and Medicare Beneficiaries: The House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) Call on the Administration to Protect Medicare Patients from the Opioid Epidemic.

March 2, 2018

Research for Non-Addictive Pain Medications: House Energy and Commerce Committee Members Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) Author Legislation, The Advancing Cutting-Edge (ACE) Research Act, H.R. 5002, Aimed at Helping Boost Research into Non-Addictive Pain Medications.


REGULATORY UPDATE

Department of Health and Human Services

February 28, 2018

Rural Health: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Recognizes Seven Rural Organizations as Champion Providers of High-Quality Access to Health Care in Their Communities.

March 2, 2018

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA): CMS Announces Funding Opportunity to Further Develop Quality Measures for the Quality Payment Program.

Department of Justice

February 27, 2018

Opioid Task Force: DOJ Announces the Creation of The Prescription Interdiction and Litigation (PIL) Task Force to Coordinate DOJ’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Senate HELP Committee
The Opioid Crisis: Leadership and Innovation in the States
• March 8, 2018|10:00a.m.
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building


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