POLICY BRIEFINGS


Kyl to Resign at Year’s End


Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will resign from the Senate on Dec. 31. Kyl was appointed in September to fill the seat vacated by the death of Sen. John McCain (R). Kyl had previously implied that he only planned to serve in the Senate until the end of the year. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) will appoint a replacement in the near future. Outgoing Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who narrowly lost a race for Senate in November, or Kirk Adams, Ducey’s former Chief of Staff, are considered top candidates for the post. There will be a special election in November 2020 to serve the remaining two years of McCain’s term.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Meetings


House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation; 2:00 p.m., CVC 210; December 19


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.7233 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for graduate medical education partnerships in States with a low ratio of medical residents relative to the general population; Sponsor: Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerc

H.Res.1175 — Supporting increased awareness of sepsis and the importance of early diagnosis and appropriate intervention; Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.7247 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to clarify the authority of MA organizations to provide waivers from Medicare Advantage plans’ prior authorization requirements; Sponsor: Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.7248 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to direct the Secretary of Human Services to solicit information from providers and suppliers of services on ways to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens under the Medicare program, to provide for transparency and public feedback for evaluating a post-acute care prospective payment system under such title, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.7249 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for certain prior authorization notifications by Medicare Advantage organizations; Sponsor: Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.7250 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and submit to Congress a report on the feasibility of using certain technologies to facilitate the administration of prior authorization requirements under part C of the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.7251 — To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prevent the inter partes review process for challenging patents from diminishing competition in the pharmaceutical industry and with respect to drug innovation, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Financial Services

H.R.7253 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to minimize costs and burdens under the Medicare program by providing for consideration of the removal of certain measures applicable to inpatient hospitals and post-acute care inpatient providers and providing for meaningful measures; Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce



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