POLICY BRIEFINGS


ACA SEP Sees More Than 1 Million Enrollees


More than one million Americans have signed up for health insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov during the special enrollment period (SEP) opened by President Joe Biden at the start of his administration. “This milestone reinforces what we know to be true,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra stated. “There is a real demand for quality, affordable health care across the United States.” The enrollment period remains open through August 15.


Hart Health Strategies COVID-19 Resources


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Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing “Unsustainable Drug Prices (Part III): Testimony from AbbVie CEO Richard Gonzalez;” 10:00 a.m.; May 18

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Member Day hearing; 10:00 a.m.; May 18

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing “The Need for Universal Broadband: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic;” 10:30 a.m.; May 18 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Member Day hearing; 12:30 p.m.; May 18

House Homeland Security Committee markup of H.R. 2795, The “DHS Blue Campaign Enhancement Act”; H.R. 2980, The “Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act”; H.R. 3138, The “State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act”; H.R. 3223, The “CISA Cyber Exercise Act”; H.R. ____, The “Pipeline Security Act”; H.R. ____, The “DHS Medical Countermeasures Act”; and H.R. ____, The “Domains Critical to Homeland Security Act”; 4:00 p.m.; May 18

House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Public Witness Day hearing for Fiscal Year 2022; 10:00 a.m.; May 19

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies hearing “Review of the FY 2022 Budget Blueprint for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;” 10:00 a.m.; 138 Dirksen Bldg.; May 19

Senate Finance Committee hearing “COVID-19 Health Care Flexibilities: Perspectives, Experiences, and Lessons Learned;” 10:00 a.m.; May 19

House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing “Examining Emergent BioSolutions’ Failure to Protect Public Health and Public Funds;” 10:30 a.m.; May 19

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs hearing “COVID-19 Part II: Evaluating the Medical Supply Chain and Pandemic Response Gaps;” 2:30 p.m.; 342 Dirksen Bldg.; May 19

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights hearing “Antitrust Applied: Hospital Consolidation Concerns and Solutions;” 2:30 p.m.; 226 Dirksen Bldg.; May 19

Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing “Taking Aim at Alzheimer’s: Frontline Perspectives and Caregiver Challenges;” 9:30 a.m.; May 20

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Member Day hearing; 10:00 a.m.; May 20

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security Member Day hearing; 10:00 a.m.; May 20

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security hearing “A Dire Shortage and Getting Worse: Solving the Crisis in the Health Care Workforce;” 10:00 a.m.; May 20

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization hearing “Cybersecurity and Risk Management at VA: Addressing Ongoing Challenges and Moving Forward;” 12:00 p.m.; May 20


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.Res.372 — Expressing support for the designation of May as “National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month”; Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.Res.373 — Expressing support for the designation of May 10, 2021, as “National Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Mental Health Day” and acknowledging the importance of raising awareness of mental health and improving the quality of mental health services for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community; Sponsor: Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.3013 — To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for removing transportation barriers to accessing vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, including booster vaccines, for individuals from low-income communities, minority communities, or other communities in which transportation poses a barrier to health care access, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.3020 — To direct the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a coronavirus fund to provide hazard payments to high-risk health care workers and essential workers, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8]; Committees: House - Education and Labor; Ways and Means

H.R.3021 — To provide for liability protection for health care providers for damages with respect to any harm caused by any act or omission of such health care professional or related health care entity in the course of arranging for or providing health care services during the COVID-19 public health emergency period, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]; Committees: House – Judiciary

H.R.3027 — To amend the VA MISSION Act of 2018 to expand reporting on hiring in the Veterans Health Administration, and to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to expedite the onboarding process for new medical providers of the Veterans Health Administration, to reduce the duration of the hiring process for such medical providers, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.3029 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for hospital and insurer price transparency; Sponsor: Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.3030 — To ensure that Members of Congress and Congressional staff receive health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs instead of under the Federal Health Benefits Program or health care exchanges; Sponsor: Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8]; Committees: House - House Administration; Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.3032 — To increase funding for the 10-Year Pediatric Research Initiative Fund by eliminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns; Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; House Administration

H.R.3035 — To prohibit the authorization of appropriations to the United States Trade Representative for supporting a measure at the World Trade Organization waiving certain intellectual property rights, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Donalds, Byron [R-FL-19]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.3040 — To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act to extend paid leave, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11]; Committees: House - Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; House Administration

H.R.3043 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to enter into a 10-year arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct and update biennially a study on the effects of State legalized marijuana programs, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Garcia, Sylvia R. [D-TX-29]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Judiciary; Education and Labor

H.R.3047 — To amend title 10, United States Code, to improve postpartum care for members of the Armed Forces and dependents of such members, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Houlahan, Chrissy [D-PA-6]; Committees: House - Armed Services

H.R.3051 — To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a tobacco product standard prohibiting any e-liquid with a concentration of nicotine higher than 20 milligrams per milliliter, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.3055 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to entitle Members of the Ready Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service to certain rights and benefits that are provided for members of the Army Reserve; Sponsor: Rep. Luria, Elaine G. [D-VA-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Reform

H.R.3059 — To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into a contract or other agreement with a third party to review appointees in the Veterans Health Administration who had a license terminated for cause by a State licensing board for care or services rendered at a non-Veterans Health Administration facility and to provide individuals treated by such an appointee with notice if it is determined that an episode of care or services that they received was below the standard of care, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Norman, Ralph [R-SC-5]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.3063 — To amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to improve Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income mothers; Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.3069 — To provide relief for small rural hospitals from inaccurate instructions provided by certain medicare administrative contractors; Sponsor: Rep. Tenney, Claudia [R-NY-22]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.3071 — To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize public safety officer death benefits to officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]; Committees: House – Judiciary

S.1536 — A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand the availability of medical nutrition therapy services under the Medicare program; Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.1542 — A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to improve Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income mothers; Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.1543 — A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide best practices on student suicide awareness and prevention training and condition State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and tribal educational agencies receiving funds under section 520A of such Act to establish and implement a school-based student suicide awareness and prevention training policy; Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.Res.205 — A resolution promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2021, which include bringing attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations of the United States such as American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders; Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]; Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.



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