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Week of June 11th

Jun 11, 2018
Legislative Digest

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

26 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 449 - Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the U.S. Surgeon General to report to Congress on the public health effects of the rise in synthetic drug use among youth aged 12 to 18 years old in order to further educate parents and the medical community on the health effects of synthetics.

2) H.R. 3331 - To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test a program offering incentive payments to behavioral health providers that adopt and use certified electronic health record technology.

3) H.R. 4284 - INFO Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a public and easily accessible electronic dashboard linking to all of the nationwide efforts to combat the opioid crisis. 


4) H.R. 4684 - Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to develop, publish, and disseminate best practices for operating recovery housing that promotes a safe environment and sustained recovery from substance use disorders.

 

5) H.R. 5002 - ACE Research (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides the National Institutes of Health new authorities to conduct research on innovative non-addictive pain medications.

6) H.R. 5009 - Jessie's Law, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill ensures medical professionals have access to a consenting patient’s complete health information when making treatment decisions by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and annually disseminate best practices regarding the prominent display of substance use disorder (SUD) history in records of patients who have previously provided this information to a health care provider.

7) H.R. 5041 - Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would permit certain licensed employees of hospice programs to dispose controlled substances onsite after a patient’s death.

8) H.R. 5102 - Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill creates a loan repayment program for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers. Specifically, the legislation offers student loan repayment of up to $250,000 for participants who agree to work as a SUD treatment professional in areas most in need of their services. 

9) H.R. 5176 - Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop protocols and a grant program for health care providers to address the needs of people who survive a drug overdose.

10) H.R. 5197 - ALTO Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to carry out a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments.

11) S. 916 - Ensuring Patient Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatments Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would allow pharmacists to dispense medication-assisted treatments to doctors, rather than directly to patients, in an attempt to improve dispensing of implantable and injectable therapies developed to make abuse, misuse, and diversion more difficult.

 

12) H.R. 5228 - SCREEN Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 will provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with stronger recall and seizure authority to disrupt the entry of counterfeit and illicit drugs through International Mail Facilities (IMFs).

13) H.R. 5261 - TEACH to Combat Addiction Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to designate regional Centers of Excellence to enhance and improve how health professional are educated in substance abuse disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery through development, evaluation, and distribution of evidence-based curricula for health profession schools. 


14) H.R. 5272 - To ensure that programs and activities that are funded by a grant, cooperative agreement, loan, or loan guarantee from the Department of Health and Human Services, and whose purpose is to prevent or treat a mental health or substance use disorder, are evidence-based, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the newly established National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory to issue guidance to applicants for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants that support evidence-based practices.

15) H.R. 5327 - Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to at least 10 providers that offer treatment services for people with opioid use disorder. 


16) H.R. 5329 - Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reauthorizes the national network of Poison Control Centers. Specifically, the legislation reauthorizes the toll-free number, national media campaign, and grant program under the Public Health Service Act. 


17) H.R. 5353 - Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to undertake an injection drug-use associated infection elimination initiative and work with states to improve education, surveillance, and treatment of infections associated with injection drug use.

 

18) H.R. 5473 - Better Pain Management Through Better Data Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Food and Drug Administration to hold a public meeting and issue guidance to industry addressing data collection and labeling for medical products that reduce pain and may replace, delay, or reduce the use of oral opioids.

19) H.R. 5483 - Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue regulations to improve the flexibility in the practice of telemedicine (for remote diagnosis and treatment of patients) within one year of the bill’s enactment. 


20) H.R. 5582 - Abuse Deterrent Access Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report to Congress on existing barriers to access to “abuse-deterrent opioid formulations” by Medicare Part C and D beneficiaries.

21) H.R. 5583 - To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require States to annually report on certain adult health quality measures, and for other purposes (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires states to include behavioral health indicators in their annual reports on the quality of care under Medicaid beginning in 2024.

22) H.R. 5587 - Peer Support Communities of Recovery Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-MN) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill enhances the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act’s Building Communities of Recovery Program and authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  to award grants to peer support specialist organizations for the development and expansion of recovery services. 


23) H.R. 5685 - Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Faso (R-NY) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to compile education resources for  beneficiaries regarding opioid use, pain management, and alternative pain management treatments, and include these resources in the “Medicare and You” handbook.

24) H.R. 5800 - Medicaid IMD ADDITIONAL INFO Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to conduct a study on institutions for mental disease that receive Medicaid reimbursement. 

 

25) H.R. 5812 - CONNECTIONS Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill will authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out certain controlled substances overdose prevention and surveillance activities in order to improve data collection and integration into physician clinical workflow so that timely, complete, and accurate information will get into the hands of providers and dispensers so that they can make the best clinical decisions for their patients. 


26) H.R. 4275 - Empowering Pharmacists in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration to develop and disseminate materials for training pharmacists, health care practitioners, and the public about the circumstances under which a pharmacist may decline to fill a prescription.


Wednesday, June 13th

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

10 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 5294 - Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would clarify that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) may enter into contracts with and provide grants to people and organizations in Appalachia for projects and other activities aimed at reducing drug abuse and the negative effects of drug abuse, including opioid abuse, in the region.

2) H.R. 5752 - Stop Illicit Drug Importation Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) seizure powers and enhance its authority to detain, refuse, seize, or destroy illegal products offered for import. The legislation would subject more people to debarment and civil penalties under the Act.

3) H.R. 6902 - REGROUP Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to reauthorize the comprehensive opioid abuse grant program through 2023.

4) H.R. 5889 - Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to disseminate information to professionals working with young children on ways to recognize children impacted by trauma related to an adult’s substance use, and how to respond in a manner that will provide the best support for the child. 

 

5) H.R. 5890 - Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide states with enhanced guidance to support the implementation of their “plan of safe care” assurance, which is required under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and designed to address to address the needs of infants affected by prenatal substance abuse.

6) H.R. 5891 - Improving the Federal Response to Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes an interagency task force to develop a strategy on how federal agencies can implement a coordinated approach to responding to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on the existing programs that support infants, children, and their families. 


7) H.R. 5892 - To establish an Advisory Committee on Opioids and the Workplace to advise the Secretary of Labor on actions the Department of Labor can take to address the impact of opioid abuse on the workplace (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would create an Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of Labor on actions the Department can take to address the impact of opioid abuse on the workplace.

8) House Amendment to S. 1091 - Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill as amended, establishes an Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

9) H.R. 2147 - Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire at least 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists at eligible VA medical centers to ensure veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system have greater access to Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs).

10) H.R. 4635 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the number of female peer counselors so that female veterans who are separating or newly separated from military service can receive support from other female veterans.


Thursday, June 14th

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

2 Rule Bills

1) H.R. 5788 - Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would require the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to transmit advance electronic data (AED) to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on at least 70 percent of international packages by December 31, 2018, and 100 percent of international packages by December 31, 2020. 
 

2) H.R. 5735 - Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program Act, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes a demonstration program to set aside Section 8 housing vouchers for supportive and transitional housing for individuals recovering from substance use disorders. 


 Friday, June 15th

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 2851 - Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Katko (R-NY) | Energy and Commerce Committee


Topline Summary: This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act by creating a new category, Schedule A, for controlled substances that  have a chemical structure that  are substantially similar to the chemical structure of a controlled substance in Schedules I, II, III, IV, or V, and  have an actual or predicted stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic effect.

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