LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY UPDATE
Week in Brief
The Senate HELP Committee Holds Final Two Hearings on Stabilizing the Individual Markets. The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Holds a Markup of Seven Pieces of Medicare Legislation.
Health Care Reform: President Trump Issues a Statement on the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Plan.
Health Care Costs: Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing Entitled “Health Care: Issues Impacting Cost and Coverage.” Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Deliver Opening Statements.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Propose a Five Year Funding Extension for the CHIP Program.
Health Care Reform: The Senate HELP Committee Holds Third Hearing on Stabilizing the Individual Markets this Time Considering State Flexibility. Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Issue Opening Statements.
Over the Counter Drugs: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Hearing on FDA’s Regulation of Over-the-Counter Drugs. Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Full Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) Issue Opening Statements.
Medicare Legislation: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds a Markup of Seven Pieces of Legislation on Medicare Part B. The Package Includes H.R. 3263, Legislation to Extend the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Demonstration Program. Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Full Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) Issue Opening Statements.
Medicare Legislation: House Ways and Means Committee Holds a Markup of Three Health Care Bills on Medicare Programs and Policies. Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) Issue Opening Statements.
Health Care Reform: Senator Bernie Sanders and 16 Other Senate Democrats Introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017, Which Would Establish a National Health Care System.
Health Care Reform: Senate HELP Committee Holds Final Hearing on Stabilizing the Individual Market. The Committee Heard from Health Care Stake Holders Including Physicians and Insurance Providers. HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Issue Opening Statements.
Health Workforce: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds a Hearing on “Supporting Tomorrow’s Health Providers: Examining Workforce Programs Under the Public Health Service Act.” Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) Issues an Opening Statement.
Department of Health and Human Services
Hurricane Irma: CMS Releases Information for Suppliers and Providers Who Submit Medicare Claims for Services Rendered to Beneficiaries in South Carolina and Georgia Impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Pharmaceuticals: HHS OIG Issues Report, Drug Supply Chain Security: Wholesalers Exchange Most Tracing Information.
Medicare: CMS Reveals New Design for Medicare Cards to Be Distributed to Beneficiaries Beginning in April 2018.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse: HRSA Provides Over $200 Million to Health Centers and Rural Health Organizations to Improve Access to Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Treatment.
Hurricane Irma: CMS Issues Letter on Applicability of Reporting Requirements for Hospitals, PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals, Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, and Renal Dialysis Facilities Affected by Hurricane Irma.
The House is not in Session this week.
No health care hearings in the Senate this week.
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