Tuesday, April 30, 2019
House Committee on Rules: “Hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019,” H.R. 1384
The House Committee on Rules will hold a hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019. This hearing will be the first time Congress has ever held a hearing on Medicare for All. The Rules Committee typically holds hearings when a bill has been considered by other committees, gone through a markup process and sent to Rules to determine how the bill will be considered on the House floor. However, Speaker Pelosi promised Medicare for All supporters that the Rules Committee and the Budget Committee would hold hearings. The House Budget Committee is likely to hold a hearing next month. Read the witness list and other information.
House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “The Payment of Prescription Drugs in Medicare Parts B & D”
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on the cost of drugs in Medicare Part B and Part D. The hearing covers Medicare’s prescription drug programs as the Health Subcommittee looks at proposals to strategically improve coverage and lower costs for seniors. Find the full hearing and witness testimonies here.
House Judiciary Committee: TBA Markup on CREATES Act, Pay-for-Delay Legislation
The House Judiciary Committee is planning a markup on the CREATES Act and pay-for-delay legislation. The date of the markup has not been announced. Last month, Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said he intended to introduce a bill to prohibit deals in which a brand drug maker pays a generic competitor to abandon a patent challenge, delaying their entry into the market. Rep. Nadler has not yet introduced the bill. The House Energy & Commerce Committee passed a version of the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act with bipartisan amendments earlier this month.
Grassley to Hold Nursing Home Hearing After GAO, OIG Reports Released in Summer
On April 22, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced plans to hold oversight hearings concerning nursing home care after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports on the topic are released this summer. Grassley has a long history in oversight of the nursing home care, as does the ranking member of the committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
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