Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review July 5

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Power PlayWeek in Brief

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Issues Its Report on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The Senate Releases Updates to the Draft Health Care Bill.


June 26

Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA): Senate Committee on the Budget  Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY), Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), House Committee on the Budget Ranking Member John Yarmuth (D-KY), House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ)  and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) Issue Statements on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Analysis of the Draft Senate Health Care Bill. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Sends a Letter to the CBO Asking for an Analysis of BCRA’s Impact on Medicaid Beyond the 10-Year Budget Window.

BCRA: Senate Help Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Releases a Statement on the “Continuous Coverage” Provision in the updated Draft.

CRT: House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) Issue a Joint Statement on New CMS Guidance on Access to Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT).

June 27

ACA: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Issues a Statement on the Affordable Care Act.

Veterans & BRCA: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) Releases a Statement on the Impact of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Veterans.

BCRA Impact on Children with Disabilities: House Democratic Leaders Release a State by State Report on the Impact of the Republican Health Care Bills on Children with Disabilities.

June 28

Medicaid Statistical Information System: House Energy and Commerce Committee Majority Leaders Release a Statement on a New Report from the HHS OIG About a New Data System to Improve the Quality of Medicaid Data, the Transformed Medical Statistical Information System (T-MSIS).

BCRA: House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-OR) Issue a Joint Report Regarding the Impact of Actions Taken by Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration on Individual Insurance Markets.

Medical Liability Reform: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) Release Statements from the House Floor on the Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R. 1215).

June 29

Public Health: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds a Markup on Four Public Health Bills.


Department of Health and Human Services

June 26

Mental Health: HRSA Announces the FY 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Supplemental Funding Opportunity.

June 27

Medicaid:  OIG Issues Status Update: T-MSIS Data Not Yet Available for Overseeing Medicaid.

Healthy People 2030:  HHS Seeks Comments on the Proposed Vision, Mission, Goals and Framework for Healthy People 2030.

June 30

Zika Health Care Services Program Funding Opportunity: CMS Issues a Reminder Regarding the July 10, 2017 Application Deadline for Round Two of the Zika Health Services Program Which Provides Funding to Qualifying States, Territories, Tribes and Tribal Organizations.

July 3

CMS Issues a Notice Regarding the Medical Necessity Disclosure Under MHPAEA and Claims Denial Disclosure Under MHPAEA.

July 5

Medicaid/CHIP: CMS Posts a Final Rule Updating the Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) and Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control (MEQC) Programs to Reflect Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Changes Made Under the ACA.    

ESRD: CMS Issues a Proposed Rule, Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals With Acute Kidney Injury, and End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program.


June 29

Health Care Reform:  CBO Issues Updated Assessment of BCRA’s Long-Term Impact on Medicaid Spending.


No Congressional Events this week due to July 4th Recess.

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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