Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review June 12

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Power PlayWeek in Brief

HHS Budget: House Committee on Ways and Means Holds Hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Budget Request. House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) Issues an Opening Statement.


June 5

Electronic Health Records System for Veterans: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman  Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Issue Statements on the VA’s Plan to Adopt DoD’s Electronic Medical Records System. The House Committee Ranking Member, Tim Walz (D-MN) Also Issues a Statement.

FDA User Fee Reauthorization: House Energy and Commerce Committee Schedules A Full Committee Markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017.

June 6

Health Care Reform: Senate Committee on the Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) Publishes a Press Release on the Senate Reconciliation Process with Regard to the American Health Care Act of 2017.

Health Care Reform: Senate Committee on the Budget Ranking Member Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Responds to the Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling on the House Health Care Bill.

Health Care Reform: Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Issues a Statement on Implications of Proposed Health Care Reforms.

June 7

HHS: House Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Issues Statement on HHS Nominees.

FDA User Fee Reauthorization: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Health Subcommittee Vice Chairman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) Issue a Joint Statement in The Hill on The Reauthorization of the FDA’s User Fee Programs. Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) also Issues a Press Release on the Bill.

Veterans with PTSD: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) Holds Hearing to Raise Awareness About PTSD Among Veterans’. Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN) Also Issues a Statement Following the Committee Meeting.

Medicare Advantage: House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) Issues Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing “Promoting Integrated and Coordinated Care for Medicare Beneficiaries.” House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Sander Levin also Issues a Press Release.

June 8

Health Care Cybersecurity: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Holds Hearing on: “Examining the Role of the Department of Health and Human Services in Health Care Cybersecurity.”

Home Visiting Program: House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) Introduce Legislation to Extend Funding for the Federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. The Program Expires in September 2017.


Department of Health and Human Services

June 6

FDA: FDA Amends Regulations Related to Humanitarian Device Exemptions (HDEs) Enacted into Law By the 21st Century Cures Act.

June 7

ACA: CMS Issues a Request for Information, “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare Choices to Empower Patients.”

June 8

Long-Term Care: CMS Issues Proposed Rule Regarding Pre-Dispute Arbitration in the Long-Term Care Facility Context.

Cyber Security: The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Issues a “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry.”


Congressional Hearings/Markups


Committee on Rules
H.R. 1215- Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017
• June 13 | 3:00 p.m.
H-313 Capitol Visitors Center

The Energy and Commerce Committee
Subcommittee on Health
Examining the Extension of Safety Net Health Programs
• June 14 | 10:15 a.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building


Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
The Cost of Prescription Drugs: How the Drug Delivery System Affects What Patients Pay
• June 13 | 10:00 a.m.
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Review of the FY2018 Department of Health & Human Services Budget Request
• June 15| 10:00 a.m.
138 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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