POLICY BRIEFINGS


Senators Request Additional E-Cigarette Restrictions


Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are asking that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission use its authority under the 2015 Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act to enforce restrictions on the nicotine fluids used in e-cigarettes. While the fluids are supposed to be contained in child-resistant packaging, there have been nearly 3,600 cases reported of poisoning related to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine among all age groups this year. The lawmakers call for all noncompliant liquid nicotine containers to be removed from the market.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health legislative hearing to consider Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.’s (D-NJ) legislation to respond to the national youth tobacco epidemic; time and place TBD; October 16


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.4576 — To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow contributions to health savings accounts in the case of individuals with spouses who have health flexible spending accounts. Sponsor: Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10]; Cosponsors: (2); Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.4575 —To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to establish a process to address inaccurate information listed in publicly accessible provider directories of such plans and issuers, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8]; Cosponsors: (1); Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, Ways and Means

H.R.4574 — To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a presumption of service connection for certain diseases in veterans who were exposed to burn pits. Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36]; Cosponsors: (2); Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.4564 —To amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure the provision of high-quality service through the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Sponsor: Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]; Cosponsors: (2); Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4563 —To repeal Public Law 114-145 to ensure that the Drug Enforcement Administration has the authority to carry out needed enforcement actions for drug diversion control investigations and operations to combat the opioid epidemic. Sponsor: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]; Cosponsors: (1); Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary

H.R.4561 —To promote the provision of exercise or fitness equipment, and exercise or fitness classes and instruction, that are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]; Cosponsors: (1); Committees: House - Education and Labor

H.R.4560 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize Johanna’s Law, also known as the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act. Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]; Cosponsors: (3); Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4550 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to provide treatment for diabetes in minority communities. Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43]; Cosponsors: (56) Committees: House - Energy and Commerc

H.R.4549 — To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restore the deduction for research and experimental expenditures. Sponsor: Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]; Cosponsors: (1); Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.4548 —To authorize the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to award grants to eligible counties for the use of mobile clinics and distance learning and telemedicine to diagnose and treat children with asthma in rural areas and medically underserved communities. Sponsor: Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]; Cosponsors: (2); Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4543 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a behavioral and mental health outreach and education strategy to reduce stigma associated with mental health among the Hispanic and Latino population. Sponsor: Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]; Cosponsors: (16); Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.Res.606 —Calling for sickle cell trait research, surveillance, and public education and awareness. Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]; Cosponsors: (11); Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.Res.605 — Expressing support for the goals and ideals of “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month”. Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]; Cosponsors: (1); Committees: House - Energy and Commerce



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