POLICY BRIEFINGS


Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


THIS WEEK'S BRIEFING - JULY 28, 2014


House to Vote on Resolution Authorizing Lawsuit Challenging PPACA Implementation


On a 7-4 vote the House Rules Committee passed H. Res. 676 setting up the measure for a vote in the House this week. The resolution would authorize the House to bring suit against executive agency actions to delay the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) employer mandate and related penalties for non-compliance. The proposed civil action seeks injunctive relief regarding the “failure of the President” or any other Administration official “to act in a manner consistent with their duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States” with respect to the implementation of any provision of the PPACA. All eleven amendments offered by committee Democrats failed.


Veterans' Reform Legislation Update


On Thursday the Democrat motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choices, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, failed on 205-207 vote. If approved, the resolution would have directed the House conferees to agree to Senate’s provision which would authorize the VA to execute 26 leases for major medical facilities to help decrease the long waiting times that veterans face. House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) and the Senate Chairman, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) worked to reach an agreement on a VA reform package over the weekend. The deal will be unveiled on Monday. Also confronting the two committees is a request by the VA for an additional $17.6 billion to hire up to boost services and an additional 10,000 employees, including 1,500 physicians. Also of note, last week the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee approved the President’s nomination of Robert McDonald to head the Veterans’ Administration.



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