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This Week On The Hill: Zika Response And Substance Abuse

posted by Rachad Davis

on September 9, 2016

Congress returned from its August recess and ended the week with a variety of health care-related legislation that included an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act regarding opiates and exemptions for individuals living in counties with few health plans in the Exchange.

House:

H.R. 5932, Tammy Duckworth, to amend title 38, United States Code, to eliminate copayments by the Department of Veterans Affairs for medicines relating to preventive health services, and for other purposes

H.R. 5942, Todd Young, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a demonstration program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease, and for other purposes

H.R. 5951, Morgan Griffith, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prohibit prescription drug plan sponsors and MA-PD organizations under the Medicare program from retroactively reducing payment on clean claims submitted by pharmacies

H.R. 5956, Katherine Clark, to amend the Public Health Service Act to better address substance use and substance use disorders among young people

H.R. 5958, Curt Clawson, to make supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for Zika response and preparedness

H.R. 5960, Renee Ellmers, to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to make publicly available, through 2021, the amount of premium rate increases of health insurance plans in advance of such increases taking effect, and for other purposes

H.R. 5971, James Sensenbrenner, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the amount excludable from gross income for dependent care assistance and dependent care flexible spending arrangements and to provide for a carryover of unused dependent care benefits in dependent care flexible spending

Senate:

S. 3296, John McCain, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption to the individual mandate to maintain health coverage for individuals residing in counties with fewer than 2 health insurance issuers offering plans on an Exchange

S. 3297, Tom Cotton, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption to the individual mandate to maintain health coverage for certain individuals whose premium has increased by more than 10 percent, and for other purposes

S. 3290, Marco Rubio, to mitigate risks of the Zika virus to members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilian personnel stationed in or deployed to areas affected by or that may soon be affected by the Zika virus, to authorize the Secretary of Defense to transfer funds to counter or control the Zika virus, and for other purposes

S. 3298, Jeanne Shaheen, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the label of any drug containing an opiate to prominently state that addiction is possible

S. 3302, Barbara Boxer, to establish the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Response Fund for the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide assistance for a public health emergency, and for other purposes

S. 3305, Charles Grassley, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the use of electronic visit verification systems for home health services under the Medicare program

S. 3307, Mark Warner, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to avoid duplicative annual reporting, and for other purposes