POLICY BRIEFINGS


GAO Report on CDC Contact Tracing


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update the tools it uses for air traveler contact tracing. The report characterizes the agency’s current approach as old, slow, and prone to problems. “The data management system — developed in the mid-2000s — was not designed for rapid assessment or aggregation of public health data across individual cases” and does not allow the CDC to “efficiently analyze and disseminate data to inform public health policies and respond to disease threats,” the report said. The GAO recommends that the CDC redesign its system or create one that would allow broader, more effective surveillance.


988 Suicide Lifeline Goes Live


The United States transitioned the previous 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to 988 on Saturday. The number provides 24/7 crisis care and also links to the Veterans Crisis Line. The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, signed into law in 2020, authorized 988 as a new three-digit number for suicide and mental health crisis. All telephone service and text providers in the United States and the five major U.S. territories were required to activate 988 no later than July 16. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a network of more than 200 state and local call centers supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The 10-digit Lifeline number 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will continue to be operational after July 16 and will route calls to 988 indefinitely.


Biden, Trump Down in New NYT Poll


Sixty-four percent of Democratic voters prefer a candidate other than President Joe Biden in 2024, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll released last week, and only 13% of voters agreed that the nation was on the right track – a low that has not been seen in more than a decade. On the Republican side, nearly half of GOP primary voters prefer a candidate other than Donald Trump for president in 2024. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the most popular alternative.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing “Addressing Weapons of Mass Destruction and Health Security Threats to the Homeland;” 10:00 a.m.; July 19

House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing “Understanding and Addressing Long COVID and Its Health and Economic Consequences;” 10:00 a.m.; July 19 House Veterans’ Affairs Committee markup of pending legislation including H.R. 6647 related to reimbursement for emergency treatment furnished through the Veterans Community Care program; 10:00 a.m.; July 19

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing “Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to an Abortion;” 10:30 a.m.; July 19

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to consider President Biden’s nomination of Dr. Arati Prabhakar to be Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); 10:00 a.m.; July 20

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies hearing “Food Safety and the Food and Drug Administration;” the witness list can be found here; 10:10 a.m.; July 20

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity hearing “Modernizing Veteran Education in the Shadow of COVID-19;” 1:00 p.m.; July 20

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing to examine the status of VA’s electronic health record modernization program; 3:00 p.m.; July 20


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.8323 — To amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include net investment income tax imposed in the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and to modify the net investment income tax; Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.8324 — To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to establish requirements for the disclosure of certain information relating to health care sharing ministries, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

S.Res.703 — A resolution designating June 2022 as “National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month” and June 27, 2022, as “National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day”; Sponsor: Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]; Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.4520 — A bill to establish the Food Safety Administration to protect the public health by ensuring the safety of food, preventing foodborne illness, maintaining safety reviews and reassessments of food additives, enforcing pesticide residue tolerances, improving the surveillance of foodborne pathogens, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.4521 — A bill to require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the health, safety, and general welfare of the civilian population of the United States in case of catastrophic incidents disabling 1 or more critical infrastructure sectors or significantly disrupting the critical functions of modern society, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R- TX]; Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

H.Res.1226 — Expressing support for the designation of the week of July 19 through July 25, 2022, as “Black Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week”, and supporting the goals and ideals of raising awareness and understanding of maternal mental health conditions as they affect Black individuals; Sponsor: Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8344 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for additional requirements with respect to electrodiagnostic services under the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-17]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.8345 — To prohibit an employer from terminating the coverage of an employee under a group health plan while the employer is engaged in a lock-out, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3]; Committees: House - Education and Labor

H.R.8352 — To protect clean air and public health by expanding fenceline and ambient air monitoring and access to air quality information for communities affected by air pollution, to require hazardous air pollutant monitoring at the fenceline of facilities whose emissions are linked to local health threats, to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency promulgates rules that require hazardous air pollutant data measurement and electronic submission at fencelines and stacks of industrial source categories, to expand and strengthen the national ambient air quality monitoring network, to deploy air sensors in communities affected by air pollution, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8354 — To prohibit Federal financial participation under Medicaid for non-emergency transportation provided to access services for which Federal financial participation is prohibited; Sponsor: Rep. Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [R-GA-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8358 — To establish the Food Safety Administration to protect the public health by ensuring the safety of food, preventing foodborne illness, maintaining safety reviews and reassessments of food additives, enforcing pesticide residue tolerances, improving the surveillance of foodborne pathogens, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8361 — To help prevent suicide by giving people more control over their own lethal means purchase decisions, through the creation of a voluntary purchase delay database; Sponsor: Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]; Committees: House – Judiciary

S.4535 — A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.4541 — Standing with Moms Act – A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to furnish tailored information to expecting mothers, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

H.R.8373 — To protect a person’s ability to access contraceptives and to engage in contraception, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide contraceptives, contraception, and information related to contraception; Sponsor: Rep. Manning, Kathy E. [D-NC-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8384 — To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to furnish tailored information to expecting mothers, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Mace, Nancy [R-SC-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8386 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish internship programs relating to behavioral health, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.8390 — To require the Department of Defense to share best practices with, and offers training to, State and local first responders regarding how to most effectively aid victims who experience trauma-related injuries; Sponsor: Rep. Torres, Ritchie [D-NY-15]; Committees: House - Armed Services

H.R.8391 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, to award grants to eligible crisis centers to provide follow- up services to individuals receiving suicide prevention and crisis intervention services, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce



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