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Mental Health Care To Medical Innovation: Here’s The Latest Health Care-Related Legislation

posted by Alicia Caramenico

on March 18, 2016

While Congress grapples over holding a hearing for the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, an abundance of legislation made its way to Capitol Hill. Proposed legislation included improvements to patient accessibility to health care services and increased competition in the pharmaceutical market.

House:

H.R. 4723, Lynn Jenkins, to provide for the recovery of improper overpayments resulting from certain federally subsidized health insurance

H.R. 4725, Joe Pitts, to reduce the Federal deficit through reforms in spending under Medicaid, CHIP, and the Prevention and Public Health Fund

H.R. 4732, Reid Ribble, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish rules for payment for graduate medical education (GME) costs for hospitals that establish a new medical residency training program after hosting resident rotators for short durations

H.R. 4756, Tom Reed, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit nurse practitioners to satisfy the documentation requirement under the Medicare program for coverage of certain shoes for individuals with diabetes

H.R. 4762, Mike Coffman, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to cellular therapies

H.R. 4771, Trent Franks, to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system

H.R. 4773, Tim Walberg, to require the Secretary of Labor to nullify the proposed rule regarding defining and delimiting the exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees, to require the Secretary of Labor to conduct a full and complete economic analysis with improved economic data on small businesses, nonprofit employers, Medicare or Medicaid dependent health care providers, and small governmental jurisdictions, and all other employers, and minimize the impact on such employers, before promulgating any substantially similar rule, and to provide a rule of construction regarding the salary threshold exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and for other purposes

H.R. 4774, Kathy Castor, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions, and for other purposes

H.R. 4778, Renee Ellmers, to direct the Comptroller General to submit to Congress a report on medical items and services being offered in the facilities of recipients of assistance under title X of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300 et seq.) or of their affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics

H.R. 4784, Kurt Schrader-Gus Bilirakis, to increase competition in the pharmaceutical industry

H.R. 4801, Michelle Lujan Grisham, to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act, and title XVIII of the Social Security Act, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct audits of medical loss ratio reports submitted by health insurance issuers, and for other purposes

H.R. 4802, Ben Ray Lujan, to require consideration of the impact on beneficiary access to care and to enhance due process protections in procedures for suspending payments to Medicaid providers

H.R. 4805, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, to amend the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act to provide that information held by health care clearinghouses is subject to privacy protections that are equivalent to the protections that apply to information held by other types of covered entities under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and for other purposes

H.R. 4807, Cedric Richmond, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the same level of Federal matching assistance, regardless of date of such expansion, for every State that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to newly eligible individuals

Senate:

S. 2649, Mike Rounds, to modify the treatment of the costs of health care furnished under section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to veterans covered by health-plan contracts

S. 2665, Gary Peters, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require State and local coordination on cybersecurity with the national cybersecurity and communications integration center, and for other purposes

S. 2669, John Cornyn-Tom Carper, to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to require States to provide to the Secretary of Health and Human Services certain information with respect to provider terminations, and for other purposes

S. 2671, Bill Nelson, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish rules for payment for graduate medical education (GME) costs for hospitals that establish a new medical residency training program after hosting resident rotators for short duration

S. 2678, Brian Schatz, to direct the NIH to intensify and coordinate fundamental, translational, and clinical research with respect to the understanding of pain, the discovery and development of therapies for chronic pain, and the development of alternatives to opioids for effective pain treatments

S. 2680, Lamar Alexander-Patty Murray, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide comprehensive mental health reform, and for other purposes

S. 2685, Richard Durbin, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve mental and behavioral health services on campuses of institutions of higher education

S. 2687, Robert Casey, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to improve plans of safe care for infants affected by illegal substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms, or a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and for other purposes

S. 2689, Mark Kirk, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to cellular therapies

S. 2691, Sheldon Whitehouse, to require the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to establish a pilot program for the adoption and use of certified electronic health records technology

S. 2698, John Thune, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude certain health arrangements from the excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage

S. 2700, Lamar Alexander-Patty Murray, to update the authorizing provisions relating to the workforces of the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, and for other purposes

S. 2701, Martin Heinrich, to require consideration of the impact on beneficiary access to care and to enhance due process protections in procedures for suspending payments to Medicaid providers

S. 2707, Tim Scott, to require the Secretary of Labor to nullify the proposed rule regarding defining and delimiting the exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees, to require the Secretary of Labor to conduct a full and complete economic analysis with improved economic data on small businesses, nonprofit employers, Medicare or Medicaid dependent health care providers, and small governmental jurisdictions, and all other employers, and minimize the impact on such employers, before promulgating any substantially similar rule, and to provide a rule of construction regarding the salary threshold exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and for other purposes

S. 2713, Lamar Alexander, to provide for the implementation of a Precision Medicine Initiative

S. 2721, Christopher Murphy, to amend title II of the Social Security Act to credit individuals serving as caregivers of dependent relatives with deemed wages for up to five years of such service

S. 2736, John Thune, to improve access to durable medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program, and for other purposes

S. 2737, Amy Klobuchar, to improve medical device innovation