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This Week On The Hill: Health Savings Accounts And Mental Health

posted by Rachad Davis

on May 27, 2016

We’re heading into the unofficial kickoff to summer, Memorial Day Weekend. Before their recess, lawmakers took action on a number of health care-related legislation including improvements to the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

House:

H.R. 5314, Mark DeSaulnier, to provide for the development and dissemination of programs and materials for training pharmacists, health care providers, and patients on the circumstances under which a pharmacist may decline to fill a prescription for a controlled substance because the pharmacist suspects the prescription is fraudulent, forged, or otherwise indicative of abuse or diversion, and for other purposes

H.R. 5324, Dave Brat, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the permissible use of health savings accounts to include health insurance payments and to increase the dollar limitation for contributions to health savings accounts, and for other purposes

H.R. 5327, Ann Kuster-Alexander Mooney, to reauthorize and improve programs related to mental health and substance use disorders

H.R. 5330, Ben Ray Lujan, to provide for a report on best practices for peer-support specialist programs, to authorize grants for behavioral health paraprofessional training and education, and for other purposes

H.R. 5331, Ben Ray Lujan, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for behavioral health infrastructure improvements under the Medicaid program

H.R. 5347, Rodney Davis, to provide for phased-in payment of Social Security Disability Insurance payments during the waiting period for individuals with a terminal illness

H.R. 5362, Joseph Kennedy, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a higher Federal matching rate for increased expenditures under Medicaid for mental and behavioral health services, and for other purposes

H.R. 5366, Patrick Murphy, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income for seven years amounts earned from the sale of drugs that demonstrate breakthrough therapies for treating Alzheimer’s disease

H.R. 5369, Tim Ryan, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Healthy Start for Infants Program

Senate:

S. 2977, Joe Manchin, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on the production and importation of opioid pain relievers, and for other purposes

S. 2980, Jeff Flake, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the permissible use of health savings accounts to include health insurance payments and to increase the dollar limitation for contributions to health savings accounts, and for other purposes

S. 2981, Charles Grassley, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to add standards for drug compendia for physician use for purposes of Medicaid payment for certain drugs, and for other purposes

S. 2983, Sherrod Brown, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing medical assistance at a residential pediatric recovery center to infants under 1 year of age with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their families

S. 2985, Bill Cassidy, to eliminate the individual and employer health coverage mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to expand beyond that Act the choices in obtaining and financing affordable health insurance coverage, and for other purposes

S. 2994, Robert Casey, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan, and for other purposes

S. 2998, Dan Coats, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure prompt coverage of breakthrough devices under the Medicare program, and for other purposes

S. 3015, Robert Casey, to amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide for informational materials to educate and prevent addiction in teenagers and adolescents who are injured playing youth sports and subsequently prescribed an opioid