POLICY BRIEFINGS


Courts Asks Democrats to Justify ACA Defense


The Fifth Circuit court of appeals has asked a group of Democratic state attorneys general and the U.S. House of Representatives to explain why they should be allowed to defend the ACA in court in light of the administration’s refusal to do so. Democrats hope to overturn a December ruling that struck down the 2010 health care law as unconstitutional. The appeals court is asking why the House and states have standing to seek to uphold the law, and whether they were too slow to intervene in the case. The 5th Circuit will hear oral arguments in the case on July 9; last week’s order calls for the parties to be prepared to discuss the issue of standing.


Trump Signs Health Care Transparency Executive Order


President Trump has signed an executive order to increase health care price and quality transparency. The order calls on insurance companies, doctors, and hospitals to give patients more information about exactly what their care will cost before they receive it, asking for disclosure of actual prices insurance companies have agreed to pay health care providers. The order delegates the details of the transparency plan to regulators, and exactly what information providers and insurers will have to disclose is not specified. Forthcoming regulations will be drafted by HHS. The President also asks federal agencies to simplify and standardize the system of measuring and reporting the quality of care by providers so that patients can more easily compare the performance and prices. The executive order gives HHS Secretary Alex Azar 180 days to submit a report on additional steps the administration could take to implement the White House’s principles to end surprise insurance gaps.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.3398 — To provide low-income individuals with opportunities to enter and follow a career pathway in the health professions, to extend and expand demonstration projects, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.3406 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve measurements under the skilled nursing facility value-based purchasing program under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.3408 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require prescription drug plan sponsors to include real-time benefit information as part of such sponsor’s electronic prescription program under the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.3414 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions to help combat the opioid crisis; Sponsor: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.3415 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require prescription drug plan sponsors to include real-time benefit information as part of such sponsor’s electronic prescription program under the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Slotkin, Elissa [D-MI-8]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.3416 — To provide for health equity and access for returning troops and servicemembers, to provide for ambulatory surgical payment transparency under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Armed Services

H.R.3417 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for patient improvements and rural and quality improvements under the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.3425 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish rules for payment for graduate medical education (GME) costs for hospitals that establish a new medical residency training program after hosting resident rotators for short durations; Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.3429 — To provide for health equity and access for returning troops and servicemembers, to provide for ambulatory surgical payment transparency under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Armed Services

H.R.3430 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend funding for quality measure endorsement, input, and selection under the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.3431 — To provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2021; Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.3433 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for ambulatory surgical center representation during the review of hospital outpatient payment rates under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means



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