POLICY BRIEFINGS


HHS Personnel Update


Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) George Sigounas is expected to soon depart from his position in the administration. Sigounas is a longtime cancer researcher who has served as the director of HRSA since May 2017. Brian LeClair, former Minnesota state senator, currently serves as HRSA’s principle deputy administrator.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights oversight hearing to examine enforcement of the antitrust laws; 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.; September 17


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.4086 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to determine presumptions of service connection for illnesses associated with open burn pits, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services

S.2304 — A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance efforts to address antibiotic resistance, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.2305 — A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a consistent standard of health care to the incarcerated, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2308 — A bill to intensify stem cell research showing evidence of substantial clinical benefit to patients, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.2317 — A bill 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, and to support State medical training programs for caregivers; Sponsor: Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2324 — A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the military departments to encourage women members of the Armed Forces who separate or retire from the Armed Forces during fiscal year 2020 to participate in the Women’s Health Transition Training Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]; Committees: Senate - Armed Services

S.2326 — A bill to amend titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for expedited coding and coverage of novel medical products, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.2328 — A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs authority to enter into agreements for the planning, design, and construction, or leasing, of facilities to be operated as shared medical facilities, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]; Committees: Senate - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.4096 — To amend title 38, United States Code, to require an annual report on veteran access to gender specific services under community care contracts, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.4100 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage the development and use of DISARM antimicrobial drugs, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.4106 — To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to restrict direct-to-consumer drug advertising; Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4111 — To authorize State opioid response grants, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.4126 — 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, and to support State medical training programs for caregivers; Sponsor: Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R.4129 — To provide for a Medicare demonstration project to evaluate the fiscal impact of covering low vision devices as durable medical equipment under part B of the Medicare program; Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.4130 — To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the ceiling on the sum of the annual deductible and the other annual out-of-pocket expenses required to be paid under a high deductible health plan; Sponsor: Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.4131 — To amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify the eligibility of certain community mental health centers to register for purposes of the practice of telemedicine, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary

H.R.4137 — To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the eligibility of certain individuals exposed to burn pits for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.4138 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to deem certain State Veterans homes meeting certain health and safety standards as meeting conditions and requirements for skilled nursing facilities under the Medicare and Medicaid programs; Sponsor: Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3]; Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

S.Res.300 — A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week; Sponsor: Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]; Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.

S.J.Res.52 — A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to “State Relief and Empowerment Waivers”; Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]; Committees: Senate – Finance



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