Week in Brief

Government Shutdown Begins as Congress, President Trump Fail to Agree on Government Funding Legislation.   


January 17, 2018

Opioid Crisis:  The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Holds a Hearing “The Opioid Crisis: The Current Landscape and CMS Actions to Prevent Opioid Misuse.”  Subcommittee Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) Issues an Opening Statement.

Public Health Threats and Preparedness:  The Senate HELP Committee Holds a Hearing “Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation’s Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part I.”  Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Issue Opening Statements.

HHS Nomination:  The Senate Finance Committee Holds an Open Executive Session to Vote on the Nomination of Alex Azar II of Indiana to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Department of Health and Human Services

January 16, 2018

Medicare Advantage (MA): OIG Issues Report, Medicare Advantage Encounter Data Show Promise for Program Oversight, but Improvements Are Needed.

January 18, 2018

Conscience and Religious Freedom Division: HHS Announces the Creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division Within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

January 19, 2018

Protection of Human Subjects: Federal Departments and Agencies Delay the Effective Date and General Compliance Date of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects.

Department of Veterans Affairs

January 17, 2018

Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA): The VA Proposes Amendments to Regulations on CHAMPVA.


Senate HELP Committee
Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation’s Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part 2
• January 23, 2018 |10:00a.m.
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
Combating the Opioid Crisis: Exploiting Vulnerabilities in International Mail
• January 25, 2018 | 10:00a.m.
342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

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