POLICY BRIEFINGS


TN Medicaid Block Grant Waiver Approved


The Trump administration has approved Tennessee’s request for a Medicaid block grant, the nation’s first such overhaul of the safety-net health program. Medicaid has historically been supported by open-ended financing through which states receive a set percentage of federal funding for beneficiaries’ care. Under the block grant model, Tennessee will instead receive fixed payments that increase with program enrollment and inflation. Supporters of the change assert that block grants will help control program spending and give states more flexibility to improve Medicaid. The plan, which was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under Medicaid waiver authority, is expected to face legal challenges from stakeholders who argue that the change would result in cuts to health care coverage for the state’s most vulnerable populations. The incoming Biden administration could also choose to roll back the change. CMS, however, is moving to make it more difficult for the next administration to overturn Medicaid waivers, asking states to sign on to an agreement that would provide for a nine-month process if the agency would decide to terminate, amend, or withdraw a Medicaid waiver in the future. While CMS is currently allowed to end experiments that do not meet the goals of the Medicaid program, waivers already typically include language allowing states to request a hearing to challenge CMS’s decision to change or withdraw a waiver.


Hart Health Strategies COVID-19 Resources


Hart Health Strategies Inc. prepared a new COVID-19 resource document on the topic of Vaccines and continues to update the following resources related to the coronavirus pandemic. Please remember to clear your cache to ensure you download the most recent version of the documents.


Upcoming Congressional Committee Activity


Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to examine the expected nomination of Lloyd J. Austin III, to be Secretary of Defense; 3:00 p.m., G50 Dirksen Bldg.; January 19

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing to examine the expected nomination of Denis R. McDonough, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs; 3:00 p.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.; January 27


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.31 — To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to provide for a definition of short-term limited duration insurance, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.32 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage; Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.33 — To abolish the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.53 — To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for tax-advantaged distributions from health savings accounts during family or medical leave, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.56 — To amend the Orphan Drug Act with respect to the definition of medical food, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]; Committees: House - Armed Services; Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.64 — To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption to the individual mandate to maintain health coverage for individuals residing in counties with fewer than 2 health insurance issuers offering plans on an Exchange; to require Members of Congress and congressional staff to abide by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with respect to health insurance coverage; and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]; Committees: House - Oversight and Reform; House Administration; Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.66 — To amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to permanently extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.67 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct an independent review of the deaths of certain veterans by suicide, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.70 — To support the advanced manufacturing technologies program of the Food and Drug Administration, to establish National Centers of Excellence in Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.79 — To authorize funding for the creation and implementation of infant mortality pilot programs in standard metropolitan statistical areas with high rates of infant mortality, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D- TN-9]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.107 — To provide funds to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide grants to entities to establish lung cancer screening registries approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for submission of certain data required for reimbursement under the Medicare program for certain screening services, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.109 — To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish an advisory committee on the implementation by the Department of Veterans Affairs of an electronic health record; Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.112 — To make certain improvements in the provision of medical care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.113 — To provide for research and education with respect to triple-negative breast cancer, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.120 — To enhance public health and safety by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federal prison system for incarcerated pregnant women and mothers by establishing a pilot program of critical-stage, developmental nurseries in Federal prisons for children born to inmates, with risk and needs assessments, and risk and recidivism reduction; Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]; Committees: House – Judiciary

H.R.124 — To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide incentives for education on the risk of renal medullary carcinoma in individuals who are receiving medical assistance under such title and who have Sickle Cell Disease; Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.137 — To authorize funding to increase access to mental health care treatment to reduce gun violence; Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Judiciary

H.R.142 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals reimbursed under the Medicare system to establish and implement security procedures to reduce the likelihood of infant patient abduction and baby switching, including procedures for identifying all infant patients in the hospital in a manner that ensures that it will be evident if infants are missing from the hospital; Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Judiciary; Energy and Commerce

H.R.145 — To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure that preexisting condition exclusions with respect to enrollment in health insurance coverage and group health plans continue to be prohibited; Sponsor: Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.151 — To address the public health risks posed by wildlife markets, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]; Committees: House - Foreign Affairs; Energy and Commerce; Judiciary; Ways and Means; Financial Services; Natural Resources

H.R.153 — To prohibit brand name drug manufacturers from compensating generic drug manufacturers to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market, and to prohibit biological product manufacturers from compensating biosimilar and interchangeable product manufacturers to delay entry of biosimilar and interchangeable products, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Judiciary

H.R.171 — To require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a task force to identify vulnerabilities in supply chains for United States entities, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Stevens, Haley M. [D-MI-11]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.173 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary to make grants and enter into cooperative agreements with entities to expand and support activities with respect to the prevention and treatment of a covered condition, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.182 — To improve the provision of health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.189 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide that the authority of the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to make certain research endowments applies with respect to both current and former centers of excellence, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.Res.20 — Expressing support for the goals and ideals of “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month”; Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.217 — To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enforce the licensure requirement for medical providers of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Sponsor: Rep. Cloud, Michael [R-TX-27]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.223 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to reimburse qualified health care providers for the costs of purchasing, leasing, installing, and operating qualified equipment for cold storage of COVID-19 vaccines; Sponsor: Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce



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