POLICY BRIEFINGS


Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


THIS WEEK'S BRIEFING - JULY 21, 2014


Senate Rejects Overturning Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision


The Senate, on a vote of 56-43, rejected a move to consider H.R. 2578, the “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act”, which Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) offered in an attempt to overturn the Supreme Court ruling which allows non-publicly traded for-profit corporations to disregard the PPACA’s “preventive health services” related to birth control for women. She said that “Women should call the shots when it comes to their health-care decisions: Not their boss, not the government, not anyone else—period….” In response to their opposition of the Murray bill, Republicans cited the introduction of S. 2605; legislation introduced by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) which states that “an employer cannot block an employee from legal access to her FDA-approved contraceptives….”



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