POLICY BRIEFINGS


Eshoo to Introduce Clinical Trial Diversity Bill


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Chair Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) previewed legislation she is drafting on clinical trial diversity during the Milken Institute’s Future of Health Summit last week. The bill would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to report to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) their demographic enrollment targets and to develop a diversity action plan outlining how those targets would be met. While Eshoo stated that the bill is still in the early stages of being drafted, she said that she expects something to be introduced soon.


Statement on COVID Vaccine and Myocarditis


A statement co-signed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and organizations representing the nation’s doctors, nurses, and public health leaders was released last week following the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting to discuss the latest data on reports of mild cases of myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination among younger people. “The facts are clear: this is an extremely rare side effect, and only an exceedingly small number of people will experience it after vaccination. Importantly, for the young people who do, most cases are mild, and individuals recover often on their own or with minimal treatment. In addition, we know that myocarditis and pericarditis are much more common if you get COVID-19, and the risks to the heart from COVID-19 infection can be more severe,” the statement reads. The organizations go on to underscore the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, and urge individuals to get vaccinated right away if they have not yet done so.


CMS Releases New Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Data


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released new data showing that nearly 9.9 million individuals enrolled in coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) between February 2020 and January 2021. CMS attributes the 13.9% increase in enrollment to the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and the subsequent enactment of the temporary 6.2% increase in Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Approximately 50% of Medicaid and CHIP’s 80 million beneficiaries are children.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs markup of fiscal year 2022 appropriations legislation; 7:30 p.m.; June 28

House Appropriations markup of fiscal year 2022 Homeland Security appropriations; 11:30 a.m.; June 30

House Appropriations Committee markup of fiscal year 2022 appropriations legislation for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; 1:00 p.m.; June 30

House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing “Building Trust and Battling Barriers: The Urgent Need to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy;” 9:30 a.m.; July 1

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization hearing “Review of the FY22 Veterans Affairs Information Technology Budget;” 10:30 a.m.; July 1

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies markup of fiscal year 2022 appropriations legislation; time TBD; July 12

House Appropriations Committee markup of fiscal year 2022 appropriations legislation for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; time TBD; July 15


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


S.2144 — A bill to clarify the eligibility for participation of peer support specialists in the furnishing of behavioral health integration services under the Medicare program; Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2146 — A bill to establish within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services a special task force on ensuring Medicare beneficiary access to innovative diabetes technologies and services; Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2149 — A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program for FDA- approved qualifying colorectal cancer screening blood-based tests, to increase participation in colorectal cancer screening in under-screened communities of color, to offset the COVID-19 pandemic driven declines in colorectal cancer screening, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.Res.281 — A resolution recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and its critical role in America’s biomedical research strategy by advancing biomedical research and the mission of the National Institutes of Health, the world’s premier biomedical research agency; Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.2157 — A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to award grants to implement innovative approaches to securing prompt access to appropriate follow-on care for individuals who experience an acute mental health episode and present for care in an emergency department, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.2164 — A bill to provide for certain reforms with respect to the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2173 — A bill to permit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recognized virtual diabetes prevention program suppliers to be included in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Expanded Model conducted by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under section 1115A of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1315a); Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2174 — A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the annual wellness visit under the Medicare program; Sponsor: Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2175 — A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage of preventive home visits under Medicare, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]; Committees: Senate – Finance

H.Res.487 — Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives the President of the United States should remove Dr. Anthony Fauci from his positions as the President’s Chief Medical Advisor and as the Director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Sponsor: Rep. Carl, Jerry L. [R-AL-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4026 — To require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report on actions taken by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to address social determinants of health; Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4034 — To ensure that pre-apprenticeship programs are considered when planning health professions opportunity grant career pathway demonstration projects; Sponsor: Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.4036 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act and the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to provide for Medicare and Medicaid mental and behavioral health treatment through telehealth; Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.4040 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend telehealth flexibilities under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Cheney, Liz [R-WY-At Large]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.4043 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure prompt coverage of breakthrough devices under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

H.R.4049 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to give a preference, with respect to project grants for preventive health services, for States that allow trained individuals to carry and administer epinephrine, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4051 — To make opioid treatment programs eligible for grants under section 2008 of the Social Security Act; Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.4058 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure coverage of mental and behavioral health services furnished through telehealth; Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.4062 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure the consensual donation and respectful disposition of human bodies and human body parts donated or transferred for education, research, or the advancement of medical, dental, or mortuary science and not for use in human transplantation, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4065 — To improve the understanding of, and promote access to treatment for, chronic kidney disease, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.4066 — To amend the title XVIII of the Social Security Act to preserve access to rural health care by ensuring fairness in Medicare hospital payments; Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

S.2187 — A bill to establish the “Biomedical Innovation Fund”, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.2189 — A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish hyperbaric oxygen therapy to certain veterans with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder; Sponsor: Sen. Tuberville, Tommy [R-AL]; Committees: Senate - Veterans’ Affairs

S.2197 — A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to increase the Federal medical assistance percentage for States that provide Medicaid coverage for telehealth services; Sponsor: Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV]; Committees: Senate – Finance



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