POLICY BRIEFINGS


Senior CDC Vaccine Official Resigns


Nancy Messonnier has announced her resignation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effective May 14. Dr. Messonnier has held a number of posts at the agency since 1995 when she first began serving in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, and has worked as director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases since 2016. Messonnier is leaving to become the Executive Director of the Skoll Foundation. Her resignation comes amidst reports CDC Director Rochelle Walensky planned to reorganize Messonnier’s division at CDC.


Yarmuth Announces Budget Staff Changes


House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) announced that Diana Meredith will serve as Staff Director following the retirement of Ellen Balis. Meredith has helped staff the panel for the past 18 years, previously serving as Deputy Staff Director, Budget Analyst for Health, and Budget Analyst for Income Security Programs. She previously worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Budget Committee plays an integral role in the reconciliation process which is expected to be used to advance the President’s infrastructure and anti-poverty agenda.


Hart Health Strategies COVID-19 Resources


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Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing “An Update from Federal Officials on Efforts to Combat COVID-19;” 10:00 a.m.; May 11

House Science, Space, & Technology Committee Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee hearing “COVID-19 Variants and Evolving Research Needs;” 10:00 a.m.; May 12

Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing “COVID-19 Pandemic and the International Response;” 10:00 a.m.; May 12

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee executive session to consider legislation including S.1260, Endless Frontier Act; 10:00 a.m., May 12

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing “The Fiscal Year 2022 HHS Budget;” 10:30 a.m.; May 12

Senate Finance Committee hearing “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond: Improving Mental Health and Addiction, Services in Our Communities;” 3:00 p.m.; May 12

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing “Mental Health Emergencies: Building a Robust Crisis Response System;” 10:00 a.m.; May 13

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy hearing “A Race Against Time: Deploying Vaccines and Addressing the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean;” 2:00 pm.; May 13

House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee public witness hearing for Fiscal Year 2022; time TBD; May 19


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.Res.364 — Acknowledging the contributions of America’s addiction professionals and their commitment to delivering evidence-based practice to individuals with substance use disorders through recognized standards of education, training, and competencies; Sponsor: Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.Res.365 — Expressing support for the designation of May 2021 as “Mental Health Awareness Month”; Sponsor: Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.2910 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to improve the ability of veterans to access medical care in medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs and in the community by providing the veterans the ability to choose health care providers; Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.2914 — To add suicide prevention resources to school identification cards; Sponsor: Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]; Committees: House - Education and Labor

H.R.2916 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a series of clinical trials on the effects of cannabis on certain health outcomes of veterans with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.2929 — To provide funding for the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use to award grants for the purpose of supporting virtual peer behavioral health support services, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Susie [D-NV-3]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.2932 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Miller-Meeks, Mariannette [R-IA-2]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.2934 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove from the list of drugs excluded from coverage under the Medicare prescription drug program prescription oral vitamins and mineral products indicated for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in individuals with chronic kidney disease; Sponsor: Rep. O’Halleran, Tom [D-AZ- 1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.2955 — To authorize a pilot program to expand and intensify surveillance of self-harm in partnership with State and local public health departments, to establish a grant program to provide self-harm and suicide prevention services in hospital emergency departments, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.2959 — To establish the Consumer and Investor Fraud Working Group to help protect consumers and investors from fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic, to assist consumers and investors affected by such fraud, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3]; Committees: House - Financial Services

H.R.2972 — To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to cover physician services delivered by podiatric physicians to ensure access by Medicaid beneficiaries to appropriate quality foot and ankle care, to amend title XVIII of such Act to modify the requirements for diabetic shoes to be included under Medicare, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.2981 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure the provision of high-quality service through the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.2992 — To direct the Attorney General to develop crisis intervention training tools for use by first responders related to interacting with persons who have a traumatic brain injury, another form of acquired brain injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]; Committees: House - Judiciary; Energy and Commerce

H.R.2999 — To award grants for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of direct care workers; Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]; Committees: House - Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce



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