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Week of June 18th

Jun 18, 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.

18 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 3192 - CHIP Mental Health Parity Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP programs) to cover mental health benefits including substance use disorder services for pregnant women and children.

2) H.R. 4005 - Medicaid Reentry Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to convene a group of stakeholders and develop and report to Congress on best practices for addressing issues related to health care faced by those returning from incarceration to their communities.

3) H.R. 5687 - SOUND Disposal and Packaging Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to work with manufacturers to establish programs for efficient return or destruction of unused Schedule II or III opioids.


4) H.R. 5796 - REACH OUT Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to certain organizations to provide technical assistance and education to high-volume outlier prescribers of opioids and help medical professionals implement best practices for prescribing opioids to reduce their opioid prescriptions.

5) H.R. 5605 - Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes a four-year demonstration program to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder. 

6) H.R. 5801 - Medicaid PARTNERSHIP Act, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill requires Medicaid providers to check the prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) before prescribing a Schedule II controlled substances. 

7) H.R. 5811 - To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to post approval study requirements for certain controlled substances, and for other purposes (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require that pharmaceutical manufacturers study certain drugs after they are approved to assess any potential reduction in those drugs’ effectiveness for the conditions of use prescribed, recommended, or suggested in labeling.

8) H.R. 6042 - To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill delays by one year the statutory deadline by which state Medicaid programs must require providers of personal care services to have in place an electronic visit verification system or the state face a modest reduction in Federal matching assistance percentage for such services.

9) H.R. 5590 - Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act (PDF)


Sponsor: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop an action plan by January 1, 2019 for assessing potential institutional inefficiencies or perverse incentives within Medicare in relation to the opioid crisis.

10) H.R. 6110 - Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management, Treatment, and Recovery Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to study ways to improve access to non-opioid pain management treatments.

11) H.R. 5774 - COACH Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to: (1) publish guidance for hospitals on pain management and opioid-use disorder prevention strategies for Medicare beneficiaries, (2) convene a technical expert panel to recommend opioid and opioid-use disorder quality measures for possible use in value-based payment and reporting models under Medicare; and (3) publish and periodically update all guidance issued since January 1, 2016 related to the prescription of opioids for Medicare beneficiaries.

12) H.R. 5775 - PROPER Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires, by 2021, prescription drug plans that provide coverage under Medicare Part D to furnish information to beneficiaries about the risks of opioid use and the availability of alternative treatments for pain.

13) H.R. 5773 - PASS Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill makes various changes to electronic prior authorization, Medicare Drug Integrity Contractor program, and medication therapy management in an attempt to combat the opioid crisis.  

14) H.R. 5676 - SENIOR Communities Protection Act of 2018, as amended  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans to suspend payments to a provider or supplier pending an investigation of a credible allegation of fraud against the provider or supplier.

15
) H.R. 5723 - Expanding Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Payment Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to report to Congress on: (1) how Medicare pays for opioid and non-opioid pain management treatments in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings; (2) current incentives for prescribing opioid and non-opioid treatments under Medicare inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems, along with recommendations to address any identified adverse incentives; and (3) how opioid use data is currently tracked and monitored through Medicare claims data.

16) H.R. 4991 - Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) within the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). 

17) H.R. 5762 - Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a Joint Task Force to better coordinate the interdiction of illicit fentanyl and other opioids entering the United States.

 

18) H.R. 4627 - Shielding Public Spaces from Vehicular Terrorism Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the responsibilities of the Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to include research and development to combat emerging terrorist threats, such as vehicular attacks.


Wednesday, June 20th and the Balance of the Week

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

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

3 Rule Bills

1) H.R. 5797 - IMD CARE Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows state Medicaid programs to remove the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for Medicaid beneficiaries aged 21 to 64 with an opioid use disorder for fiscal years 2019 to 2023. 

2) H.R. 6082 - Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to permit substance use disorder (SUD) records to be shared among covered entities and Part 2 programs in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), for the purposes of treatment, payment, and healthcare operations.

3) H.R. 6 - SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) | Energy and Commerce

Topline Summary: This bill reforms Medicaid, Medicare, and public health reforms to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities, and bolstering efforts to combat illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. 

115th Congress