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Medicare, Substance-Abuse Treatment, And Other Health Care Bills Brought Before Congress This Week

posted by Alicia Caramenico

on March 25, 2016

Congress had a wide variety of legislation to address heading into the Easter weekend, such as bills focusing on additional tax incentives for dependent care assistance and prescription drug abuse.

House:

H.R. 4832, Charles Boustany, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude certain health arrangements from the excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage

H.R. 4819, John Duncan, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a grant program for states that provide flexibility in licensing for health care providers who offer services on a volunteer basis

H.R. 4828, John Fleming, to prevent governmental discrimination against providers of health services who decline involvement in abortion, and for other purposes

H.R. 4841, Keith Rothfus-William Keating, to establish programs for health care provider training in Federal health care and medical facilities, to establish Federal co-prescribing guidelines, to establish a grant program with respect to naloxone, and for other purposes

H.R. 4848, Tom Price, to delay and suspend implementation of a comprehensive care for joint replacement (CJR) payment model for episode-based payment for lower extremity joint replacement (LEJR) under the Medicare program in a budget neutral manner

H.R. 4853, Peter Roskam, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to revise certain accreditation requirements applied under the Medicare program

H.R. 4861, Rosa DeLauro, to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to health centers to expand access to evidence-based substance abuse treatment services

H.R. 4867, Mike Kelly, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide further tax incentives for dependent care assistance

H.R. 4874, Patrick Meehan, to require that States receiving grants under the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program set aside sufficient amounts to facilitate electronic information sharing among States in compliance with the Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange National Architecture, and for other purposes

H.R. 4876, Patrick Meehan, to authorize the establishment of programs to prevent prescription drug abuse under the Medicare program, and for other purposes

H.R. 4878, Erik Paulsen-Peter Welch, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare Better Care Program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, and for other purposes

H.Con.Res. 125, Tom Price, a resolution establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026