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07/29/2014
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, titled “Nanotechnology: Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation.”  
07/29/2014
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “FERC Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan and other Grid Reliability Challenges.”  The five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission were invited to testify.
07/29/2014
The Committee on Energy and Commerce began a markup on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.  The Committee began consideration the following: • H.R. 3522, Employee Health Care Protection Act; • H.R. 4701, The Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Act of 2014; • H.R. 4067,  and a bill to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient...
07/29/2014
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement today on new information from HHS, which shows that over 8.2 million seniors have saved more than $11.5 billion on prescription drugs since 2010: 
07/28/2014
On March 13, 2014, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) introduced H.R. 4250, the Sunscreen Innovation Act.  H.R. 4250 sets up a system under which sunscreens that have been marketed continuously for at least five years in the United States or elsewhere, and that meet certain other conditions, would be eligible for review by an FDA advisory committee.  After the...
07/28/2014
H.R. 594 was passed in 2001 and reauthorized in 2008.  The goals of the legislation were to improve research, surveillance, and educational efforts regarding muscular dystrophy.  There are now six Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers, centers of excellence to expand research on muscular dystrophy.  The law also established the Muscular Dystrophy...
07/28/2014
H.R. 3522 would permit any health insurance issuer offering coverage in the group market in 2013 to continue to offer that coverage in 2014 and beyond.  These insurance policies would not have to comply with the ACA consumer protections that went into effect in 2014.  The legislation would allow insurance companies to discriminate against small businesses if they have an older workforce...
07/28/2014
H.R. 4406 would require the Secretary to limit payments to health plans through the risk corridor program to the amount of payments received by CMS in a calendar year.  CMS has already indicated that payments will be reduced pro-rata to equal receipts in a given year.  However, CMS has indicated that “risk corridors collections received for the next year will first be used to pay...
07/28/2014
The discussion draft would repeal the ACA risk corridor propgram.  If enacted, the legislation would destabilize the health insurance marketplaces, raise premiums, and likely increase federal outlays for advanced premium tax credits.
07/28/2014
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Protecting Americans from Illegal Bailouts and Plan Cancellations Under the President’s Health Care Law.”