LEGISLATION ALERT: THE LATEST HEALTH-RELATED LEGISLATION

Senate Legislation:

  • S. 914, Mark Begich, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the waiver of the collection of copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits of veterans, and for other purposes
  • S. 1167, Tim Johnson, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the diagnosis and treatment of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, and for other purposes
  • S. 1171, Charles Schumer, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion from gross income for employer-provided health coverage for employees’ spouses and dependent children to coverage provided to other eligible dependent beneficiaries of employees
  • S. 1173, Ron Wyden, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize payments for ambulatory surgical centers under the Medicare program
  • S. 1190, Jon Tester, to reduce disparities and improve access to effective and cost efficient diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer through advances in testing, research, and education, including through telehealth, comparative effectiveness research, and identification of best practices in patient education and outreach particularly with respect to underserved racial, ethnic and rural populations and men with a family history of prostate cancer, to establish a directive on what constitutes clinically appropriate prostate cancer imaging, and to create a prostate cancer scientific advisory board for the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration to accelerate real-time sharing of the latest research and accelerate movement of new medicines to patients
  • S. 1199, Dianne Feinstein, to amend title 18, United States Code, to limit the misuse of Social Security numbers, to establish criminal penalties for such misuse, and for other purposes
  • S. 1203, Olympia Snowe, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of home infusion therapy under the Medicare Program
  • S. 1206, Jay Rockefeller, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require drug manufacturers to provide drug rebates for drugs dispensed to low-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program
  • S. 1207, Mark Pryor, to protect consumers by requiring reasonable security policies and procedures to protect data containing personal information, and to provide for nationwide notice in the event of a security breach
  • S. 1211, Dianne Feinstein, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to preserve the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics used in the treatment of human and animal diseases
  • S. 1217, Olympia Snowe, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage for custom fabricated breast prostheses following a mastectomy
  • S. 1221, Jeanne Shaheen, to provide grants to better understand and reduce gestational diabetes, and for other purposes
  • S. 1242, Jay Rockefeller, to provide for the treatment of certain hospitals under the Medicare program
  • S. 1261, Thomas Carper, to amend title XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to curb waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • S. 1273, Robert Casey, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act with regard to certain exemptions under that Act for direct care workers and to improve the systems for the collection and reporting of data relating to the direct care workforce, and for other purposes
  • S. 1275, Richard Durbin, to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to remove social security account numbers from Medicare identification card and communications provided to Medicare beneficiaries in order to protect Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft
  • S. 1286, Robert Casey, to extend trade adjustment assistance, and for other purposes

House Legislation:

  • H.R. 2159, Edolphus Towns, to reduce disparities and improve access to effective and cost efficient diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer through advances in testing, research, and education, including through telehealth, comparative effectiveness research, and identification of best practices in patient education and outreach particularly with respect to underserved racial, ethnic and rural populations and men with a family history of prostate cancer, to establish a directive on what constitutes clinically appropriate prostate cancer imaging, and to create a prostate cancer scientific advisory board for the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration to accelerate real-time sharing of the latest research and accelerate movement of new medicines to patients
  • H.R. 2165, Dennis Ross, to repeal the trade adjustment assistance programs under the Trade Act of 1974
  • H.R. 2182, Phil Gingrey, to provide incentives for the development of qualified infectious disease products
  • H.R. 2187, Janice Schakowsky, to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish direct care registered nurse-to-patient staffing ratio requirements in hospitals, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 2190, Henry Waxman, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require drug manufacturers to provide drug rebates for drugs dispensed to low-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program
  • H.R. 2194, Eliot Engel, to provide grants to better understand and reduce gestational diabetes, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 2195, Eliot Engel, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of home infusion therapy under the Medicare Program
  • H.R. 2201, Adam Smith, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the provision of items and services provided to Medicare beneficiaries residing in rural areas
  • H.R. 2203, Don Young, to establish a pilot program under which veterans in the State of Alaska may receive health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs at non-Department medical facilities, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 2205, Charles Dent, to improve the medical justice system by encouraging the prompt and fair resolution of disputes, enhancing the quality of care, ensuring patient access to health care services, fostering alternatives to litigation, and combating defensive medicine, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 2206, Frank Guinta, to repeal a requirement that new employees of certain employers be automatically enrolled in the employer’s health benefits plan
  • H.R. 2224, Michael Grimm, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide opportunities for additional residency slots in participating teaching hospitals and to expand the primary care bonus to certain underserved specialties and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for practicing-teaching physicians
  • H.R. 2227, Leonard Lance, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the regulation of medical gases, taking into account the special characteristics of medical gases, the special techniques and processes required to produce medical gases, and the established history of safe and effective use of medical gases
  • H.R. 2233, Mike Ross, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage for custom fabricated breast prostheses following a mastectomy
  • H.R. 2239, James Sensenbrenner, to expand the research activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 2245, Diana DeGette, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide the Food and Drug Administration with improved capacity to prevent drug shortages
  • H.R. 2248, Peter Welch, to amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries
  • H.R. 2249, David McKinley, to provide for the treatment of certain hospitals under the Medicare program
  • H.R. 2267, Greg Walden, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program
  • H.R. 2288, John Larson, to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for certain treatment of autism under TRICARE
  • H.R. 2296, Michael Michaud, to establish an America Rx program to establish fairer pricing for prescription drugs for individuals without access to prescription drugs at discounted prices
  • H.R. 2310, Jackie Speier, to provide for equal access to COBRA continuation coverage
  • H.R. 2332, Carolyn Maloney, to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program of research regarding the risks posed by the presence of dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other additives in feminine hygiene products, and to establish a program for the collection and analysis of data on toxic shock syndrome
  • H.R. 2341, Linda Sanchez, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act with regard to certain exemptions under that Act for direct care workers and to improve the systems for the collection and reporting of data relating to the direct care workforce, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 2363, Tom Price, to establish performance-based quality measures, to establish limitations on recovery in health care lawsuits based on compliance with best practice guidelines, and to provide grants to States for administrative health care tribunals
  • H.R. 2364, Carolyn Maloney, to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and title 5, United States Code, to permit leave to care for a domestic partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandchild, or grandparent who has a serious health condition, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 2405, Mike Rogers, to reauthorize certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act relating to public health preparedness and countermeasure development, and for other purposes

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