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Committee Prepares for Health Legislation Mark Up

The House Committee on Ways and Means has scheduled a markup to consider several pieces of health legislation on Tuesday of this week. The bills include

  • H.R. 160, “Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015,” which would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) excise tax on medical device manufacturers and importers;
  • H.R. 1190, “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015,” to repeal the ACA’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB);
  • S. 984, “Steve Gleason Act of 2015,” to allow Medicare coverage as durable medical equipment of any eye tracking and gaze interaction accessories for speech generating devices;
  • S. 971, “Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015,” to increase from a three-year to a five-year period the length of an agreement with an independence at home medical practice under the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Program;
  • H.R. 2580, “LTCH Technical Correction Act of 2015,” to provide for a technical change to the Medicare long-term hospital moratorium exception; 
  • H.R. 2505, “Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015,” which would require annual reporting of enrollment data in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans; 
  • H.R. 2506, “Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection Act of 2015,” which would delay the authority to terminate MA contracts for plans failing to achieve minimum quality ratings under the MA STARS rating system; 
  • H.R. 2507, “Increasing Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015,” which would expand an annual regulatory schedule for MA payment rates;
  • H.R. 2579, “Securing Care for Seniors Act of 2015,” which would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reevaluate the MA risk adjustment model to ensure that it is accurate, evidence-based and transparent; and
  • H.R. 2581, “Preservation of Access for Seniors in Medicare Advantage Act of 2015,” which would both establish a demonstration program to test the use of value-based insurance design methodologies under MA plans and revise the treatment under the Medicare program of infusion drugs furnished through durable medical equipment.


Notably, H.R. 160, H.R. 1190, H.R. 2505, H.R. 2506, H.R. 2507, and H.R. 2579 are scheduled for consideration on the House floor the week of June 15th.

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