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This Week On The Hill: Prescription Drug Prices And Combating Zika

posted by Rachad Davis

on April 29, 2016

Legislators on Capitol Hill this week introduced new health care bills in the House and Senate that included taking steps to address the national epidemic of opioid abuse, and measures supporting the ongoing fight against the Zika virus. Read all the latest bills below:

House:

H.R. 5044, Nita Lowey, to make supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2016 to respond to Zika virus

H.R. 5045, Renee Ellmers, to impose a moratorium on the implementation of a proposed Medicare local coverage determination on lower limb prostheses

H.R. 5046, Jim Sensenbrenner, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the Attorney General to make grants to assist State and local governments in addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse, and for other purposes

H.R. 5048, Frank Guinta, to require a study by the Comptroller General of the United States on Good Samaritan laws that pertain to treatment of opioid overdoses, and for other purposes

H.R. 5052, Kevin McCarthy-Steny Hoyer, to direct the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to evaluate the effectiveness of grant programs that provide grants for the primary purpose of providing assistance in addressing problems pertaining to opioid abuse, and for other purposes

H.R. 5054, Robert Aderholt, to make appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes

H.R. 5068, Billy Long, to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer within the Department of Health and Human Services

H.R. 5073, Steve Cohen, to establish EUREKA Prize Competitions to accelerate discovery and development of disease-modifying, preventive, or curative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, to encourage efforts to enhance detection and diagnosis of such diseases, or to enhance the quality and efficiency of care of individuals with such diseases

H.R. 5088, Jackie Speier, to prevent abusive billing of ancillary services to the Medicare program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 5095, Katherine Clark, to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health of Human Services to award grants to States (or collaborations of States) to establish, expand, or maintain a comprehensive regional, State, or municipal system to provide training, education, consultation, and other resources to prescribers relating to patient pain, substance misuse, and substance abuse disorders, and for other purposes

H.R. 5100, Tony Cardenas, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to protect at-risk youth against termination of Medicaid eligibility while an inmate of a public institution

Senate:

S. 2858, Al Franken, to amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate for lower prices for Medicare prescription drugs

S. 2863, Al Franken, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove limitations on Medicaid benefits for persons in custody pending disposition of charges

S. 2864, Ron Wyden, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent catastrophic out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs for seniors and individuals with disabilities

S. 2866, Joe Manchin, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the sharing of health information concerning and individual’s substance abuse treatment by certain entities

S. 2872, Shelley Moore Capito, to require the Government Accountability Office to submit to Congress a report on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States and its treatment under Medicaid

S. 2873, Orrin Hatch, to require studies and reports examining the use of, and opportunities to use, technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models to improve programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes

S. 2874, Christopher Murphy, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to protect the enrollment of incarcerated youth for medical assistance under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes

S. 2899, John Thune, to remove Federal barriers to combating mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus and promote public health, and for other purposes