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Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Defense hearing to examine the Defense Health Program; 9:30 a.m., April 20

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing “COVID-19 Recovery: Supporting Workers and Modernizing the Workforce Through Quality Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities;” 10:00 a.m., April 20

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing “Improving Access and Inclusivity in the Patent System: Unleashing America’s Economic Engine;” 2:30 p.m., April 20

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations legislative hearing including the following bills: H.R. 2082, VA Supply Chain Resiliency Act; and a Discussion Draft -To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a plan for expending Coronavirus pandemic funding made available to the Department of Veterans Affairs; 10:00 a.m., April 21

House Ways and Means Committee hearing “In Their Own Words: Paid Leave, Child Care, and An Economy That Failed Women;” 12:00 p.m., April 21

Senate HELP Committee hearing to examine protecting U.S. biomedical research, focusing on efforts to prevent undue foreign influence; 10:00 a.m., April 22

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee nomination hearing for Eric S. Lander to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; 10:00 a.m., April 29


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


S.1067 — A bill to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage from imposing cost-sharing requirements or treatment limitations with respect to diagnostic examinations for breast cancer that are less favorable than such requirements with respect to screening examinations for breast cancer; Sponsor: Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.1069 — A bill to establish the National Institute of Manufacturing, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]; Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation

H.R.2441 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to expand the Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study to assess certain mental health care resources of the Department of Veterans Affairs available to veterans who live in rural areas; Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.2448 — To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from treating any Medicaid-related funds recovered from one or more pharmaceutical companies or drug distributors with respect to opioid litigation as an overpayment under such title, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.2454 — To amend title XVIII to strengthen ambulance services furnished under part B of the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.2455 — To amend the IMPACT Act of 2014 to reset data collection and the development of a payment system technical prototype for post-acute care providers under the Medicare program to take into account the effects of COVID-19; Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

S.Res.151 — A resolution calling on the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to take action to lower prescription drug costs; Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.Res.153 — A resolution recognizing the week of April 11 through April 17, 2021, as “Black Maternal Health Week” to bring national attention to the maternal health crisis in the United States and the importance of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity among Black women and birthing persons; Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.1089 — A bill to direct the Government Accountability Office to evaluate appropriate coverage of assistive technologies provided to patients who experience amputation or live with limb difference; Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.1099 — A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to make permanent the protections under Medicaid for recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment; Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]; Committees: Senate – Finance

H.Res.304 — Recognizing the designation of the week of April 11 through April 17, 2021, as “Black Maternal Health Week” to bring national attention to the maternal health crisis in the United States and the importance of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity among Black women and birthing persons; Sponsor: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC- 12]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Financial Services; Transportation and Infrastructure; Education and Labor; Judiciary; Natural Resources; Agriculture; Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.2461 — To direct the Government Accountability Office to evaluate appropriate coverage of assistive technologies provided to patients who experience amputation or live with limb difference; Sponsor: Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.2464 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand eligibility for low-income subsidies under part D of the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.2465 — To allow Americans to earn paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families; Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]; Committees: House - Education and Labor; House Administration; Oversight and Reform

H.R.2484 — To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act and title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require pharmacies to disclose any differential between the cost of a prescription drug based on whether certain individuals use prescription drug coverage to acquire such drug, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.2487 — To prohibit the use of Federal funds to implement any COVID-19 vaccine passport system, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Rosendale Sr., Matthew M. [R-MT-At Large]; Committees: House - Oversight and Reform; Energy and Commerce

S.1114 — A bill to increase vaccination rates among pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.1117 — A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require Medicaid coverage of approved vaccines for pregnant women; Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.1123 — A bill to preserve non-interference under the Medicare part D Prescription Drug Benefit program; Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.1125 — A bill to recommend that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation test the effect of a dementia care management model, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]; Committees: Senate – Finance

H.R.2503 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish an interagency council on social determinants of health, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.2517 — To recommend that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation test the effect of a dementia care management model, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.2521 — To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program to furnish doula services to veterans; Sponsor: Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.2523 — To amend the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to improve the COVID-19 Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance program, to make certain technical corrections to the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs; Budget



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