Week in Brief

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Tuesday, October 16

Veterans: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN) Urges Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson to Bring Legislation Expanding Benefits and Classifications for Agent-Orange Related Diseases to a Vote.

Wednesday, October 17

Opioids: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) Issues Statement on Recent Report Detailing Postal Service Facilitation of Illicit Drug Distributions.

  • Report from the Postal Service Office of Inspector General

REGULATORY UPDATE

Monday, October 15

Prescriptions: HHS Proposes Disclosure of Drug-Pricing in Television Ads, Supported by CMS.

  • Statement from HHS Secretary Alex Azar
  • Statement from CMS Administrator Seema Verma
  • Statement from Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Medicare and Medicaid: CMS Re-Establishes Matching Program for Private Health Insurance Enrollment Eligibility Verification.

Medicaid: GAO Releases Report on Access to Health Care for Low-Income Adults in States That Have and Have Not Expanded Medicaid Eligibility.

  • Statement from Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Medicaid: GAO Releases Report on CMS Allotments for Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH).

Tuesday, October 16

Medicare: CMS Administrator Seema Verma Addresses the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) 2018 National Conference on Medicare.

Child Neurology: CDC Holds Telebriefing on Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM).

Wednesday, October 17

Medicare: CMS Announces Deductible and Coinsurance Rates for Medicare Part A.

Medicare: CMS Announces Premiums for Enrollees Age 65 and Over in Medicare Part A.

Medicare: CMS Announces Actuarial Rates for Disabled Enrollees and Those Age 65 and Over in Medicare Part B.

Regulatory Affairs: The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Releases Report on Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

Thursday, October 18

Opioids: CDC Announces Inclusion of Protection Standards to Prevent Fentanyl Exposure for Emergency Responders.


EVENTS

National Institute of Health
Director’s Seminar Series: Blood-Based Biomarkers that Shape Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injuries.
November 16, 12:00-1:00 PM
Building 1, Wilson Hall

Senate HELP Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Reducing Health Care Costs: Improving Affordability through Innovation.
November 28, 2018 10:00 AM
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building