Week in Brief

Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA), Former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Announce They Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2018, Bringing the Total Number of Congressional Retirements to 54.


January 9, 2018

HHS Nomination: The Senate Finance Committee Holds a Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Alex Michael Azar II to be Secretary of HHS. Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Issue Opening Statements.

Opioid Crisis: The Senate HELP Committee Holds a Hearing, “The Opioid Crisis: An Examination of How We Got Here and How We Move Forward.” Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Issue Opening Statements.

Ways & Means Committee: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) Announces the Recommendation of Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL) to Serve on the Committee.

Senate Budget Committee:  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) Announces the Assignment of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to the Committee.

January 10, 2018

New Senate HELP Committee Members:  The Senate HELP Committee Announces Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Tina Smith (D-MN) as the Newest Members of the Committee. Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Issues a Statement.

New House Ways & Means Subcommittee Assignments: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) Announces New Subcommittee Assignments.

New Senate Finance Committee Members: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Announces the Appointment of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to the Senate Finance Committee.

January 11, 2018 

House Budget Committee:  House Republican Steering Committee Recommends Representative Steve Womack (R-AR) to Serve as the Next Chairman of the House Budget Comment.


Department of Health and Human Services

January 9, 2018

Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BCPI Advanced): CMS Innovation Center to Launch a New Payment Model, the BPCI Advanced.

January 11, 2018

Medicaid: CMS Issues Dear State Medicaid Director Letter Regarding Opportunities to Promote Work and Community Engagement Among Medicaid Beneficiaries.

Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs): SAMHSA Releases Statement Regarding its Commitment to Use EBPs to Assist Those with Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness.

January 12, 2018

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda: HHS Issues Its Proposed Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.


Senate HELP Committee
Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation’s Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part I
• January 17, 2018 | 10:00a.m.
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Finance Committee
Open Executive Session to Consider the Nomination of Alex Azar II and Kevin McAleenan and Subcommittee Assignments
• January 17, 2018 | 10:00a.m.
215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House Ways and Means Committee
Hearing on “The Opioid Crisis: The Current Landscape and CMS Actions to Prevent Opioid Misuse”
• January 17, 2018 | 10:00a.m.
1100 Longworth House 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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