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09/30/2010
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H.R. 2408, the Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act of 2010, would direct the Director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD) to expand, intensify, and coordinate activities relating to scleroderma, a chronic systemic autoimmune disease that involves changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs.  On September 15, 2010, the...
09/30/2010
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H.R. 2818, the Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope Act of 2010, expands and strengthens the activities of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address the prevention and treatment of addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs.  On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2818.  On September 16,...
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 2999, the Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act of 2010, would authorize a competitive grant program for schools of veterinary medicine.  Schools can use these grants for faculty recruitment, physical capacity expansion, or the development of curricula to retrain midcareer professionals.  On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2999....
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 5354, the Gestational Diabetes Act of 2009, would amend the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to convene a Research Advisory Committee on gestational diabetes. The bill would require the Director, in consultation with such Committee, to develop a multisite, gestational...
09/30/2010
Hearing
The hearing of the Subcommittee on Health originally scheduled for Thursday, September 30, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building on the recently released discussion draft of drug safety legislation by Representatives Waxman, Dingell, Pallone, and Stupak will be postponed until a later date.
09/30/2010
Press Release
Today Representatives Henry A. Waxman, Anna G. Eshoo, Lois Capps, Jane Harman, and Doris O. Matsui sent letters to Anthem Blue Cross of California and Aetna Health of California regarding recent reports that the companies will stop offering new child-only health insurance policies in California.
09/29/2010
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 847, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, by a vote of 268-160.  The legislation would establish first responder and community treatment and monitoring programs to help people affected by exposure to toxic air and other debris after the attack on 9/11.
09/29/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Frank Pallone sent letters to nine insurance companies regarding reports of substantial premium increases for long term care insurance plans in New Jersey.
09/29/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on net neutrality legislation:
09/28/2010
Bill
Federal law deters states receiving federal emergency responder training grants from incorporating dental professionals and schools into their all-hazards emergency response plans.  H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2010, would provide states the option to incorporate dentists and dental facilities into such plans.  On July 22, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health met in open...
09/28/2010
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H.R. 1362, the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act of 2010, would require the Secretary of HHS to develop surveillance systems, in the form of registries, for both Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.  It would also require the Secretary to establish an advisory committee on Neurological Disease Registries to review and make recommendations on the surveillance...
09/28/2010
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H.R. 1995, the Diabetes in Minority Populations Education Act of 2010, would require the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand and intensify ongoing research and other activities with respect to pre-diabetes and diabetes in minority populations and to support programs to treat diabetes in these populations. On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a...
09/28/2010
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H.R. 5986, the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act of 2010, would require the Secretary of HHS to report to Congress on the epidemiology and impact of neglected infectious diseases of poverty in the United States.  Such diseases include Chagas disease, cysticercosis, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis, trichomoniasis, the soil-transmitted helminths, and other related diseases. ...
09/28/2010
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H.R. 6012 would require the Secretary of HHS to review the utilization of diabetes screening benefits and identify existing efforts by HHS agencies, and private and non-profit sectors, to increase awareness of diabetes screening benefits.   On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 6012.  On September 16, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health...
09/23/2010
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H.R. 6081, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010, reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program, which includes the National Registry for adult donors of bone marrow, peripheral blood adult stem cells, and umbilical cord blood units, the Office of Patient Advocacy, and the stem cell therapeutic outcomes database. On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee...
09/23/2010
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H.R. 1745, the Family Health Care Accessibility Act of 2010, would amend the Public Health Service Act to deem volunteer practitioners at health centers as employees of the Public Health Service for purposes of any civil action that may arise due to providing services to patients at such health centers.  On July 22, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health met in open markup session, and H.R. 1745...
09/23/2010
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H.R. 3199, Emergency Medic Transition Act of 2010, would amend the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a program of awarding grants to states to assist veterans who received and completed military emergency medical training while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to become, upon their discharge or release from active duty service, state-...
09/23/2010
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The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER), enacted in 2005, created a grant program for states to establish prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).  PDMPs track drug prescriptions with the goal of preventing overuse and illegal diversion.  H.R. 5710, the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act of 2010, would...
09/23/2010
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H.R. 5756, Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide Act of 2010, would amend title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 to require the Secretary of HHS to award grants to provide individuals (including parents and health, allied health, vocational, and educational professionals) with interdisciplinary training, continuing education,...
09/23/2010
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H.R. 6149 requires those who sell bullion or certain coins as investments to disclose prior to sale all fees associated with purchasing the items, the items’ purchase price, the value of the metal in them, and the value for which they could be sold to other dealers.  On September 23, 2010, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 6149. ...
09/23/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a legislative hearing on H.R. 6149, the “Precious Coins and Bullion Disclosure Act” on Thursday, September 23, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The legislation addressed the sale to consumers of gold and other precious metals for investment purposes.
09/23/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled “Pipeline Safety Oversight and Legislation” on Thursday, September 23, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing addressed recent pipeline safety incidents and proposals for reauthorization or reform of the pipeline safety statute.
09/23/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Thursday, September 23, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider legislation as approved by the Subcommittee on Health on September 16, 2010, and a resolution of inquiry.
09/23/2010
Press Release
The House of Representatives approved public health legislation forwarded by the Committee on Energy & Commerce on September 22, 2010.
09/22/2010
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H.R. 3470, the Nationally Enhancing the Wellbeing of Babies Through Outreach and Research Now Act,  would require the Secretary of HHS to award five-year grants to eligible entities to create, implement, and oversee infant mortality pilot programs.  On July 22, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health met in open markup session on H.R. 3470 and favorably forwarded the bill to the full Committee...
09/22/2010
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On July 21, 2010, H.R. 5809, the Safe Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was introduced in the House by Rep. Inslee of Washington.  On July 22, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5809.  That same day, the Subcommittee on Health met in an open markup session on H.R. 5809 and forwarded the bill favorably to the full Committee, amended, by a voice vote.  On...
09/22/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “The Outbreak of Salmonella in Eggs” on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the recent Salmonella outbreak associated with eggs produced by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa.
09/22/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Cutting Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Medicare and Medicaid” on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined how the Department of Health and Human Services is using available statutory tools to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
09/21/2010
Press Release
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Emeritus John D. Dingell, and Subcommittee on Health Chairman Frank Pallone today commented on the news that the average premiums paid by individuals for private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, would decline next year, even as insurers provide additional benefits required by the new health care law.  The Centers for Medicare...
09/20/2010
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On September 20, 2010, Rep. John D. Dingell, Chairman Emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Bart Stupak, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released a discussion draft of legislation to equip the Food and Drug...
09/20/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. John D. Dingell, Chairman Emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Bart Stupak, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released a discussion draft of legislation to equip the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the...
09/17/2010
Press Release
Today, Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher sent a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to ensure that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration receives full funding to oversee and manage the grants it has awarded across the nation under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
09/16/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5828, the “Universal Service Reform Act of 2010” on Thursday, September 16, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/16/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Health met in open markup session on Thursday, September 16, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/15/2010
Bill
H.R. 211, Calling for 2-1-1 Act of 2009, requires the Secretary of HHS to award a grant to each state (based on a formula to be developed by the Secretary) to make the 2-1-1 health and human services referral service available throughout the state.  The 2-1-1 service is to be operated through a lead entity that either has previously had responsibility to carry out this service or meets...
09/15/2010
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H.R. 6110, the Telehealth Improvement and Expansion Act of 2010, amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize three telehealth programs administered by HRSA, including the telehealth network program, the telehealth resource center program, and incentive grants to coordinate telemedicine activities among the states.  The bill revises the requirements for funding priorities within both...
09/15/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment:  Implications for Quality, Cost and Access” on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the conception and implementation of the competitive bidding program, the implementation of the Round 1 re-bid...
09/15/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/14/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today sent a letter to Austin DeCoster, the owner of Wright County Egg, regarding records obtained by the Committee indicating that the company tested positive for Salmonella contamination in its Iowa facilities prior to the recent widespread outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses.
09/14/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter today to Cynthia Quarterman, Administrator of the Deptartment of Transporation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Deborah A.P. Hersman, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, requesting a briefing into the recent explosion of a gas pipeline on September 9 in San Bruno,...
09/08/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a field hearing entitled “Protecting School-age Athletes from Sports-related Concussion Injury” on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, in Newark, New Jersey. The legislative hearing included testimony on H.R. 1347, the “Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2009”, which was introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) on March 3, 2009.  
09/08/2010
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to the release of BP’s internal investigative report on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon incident:
09/02/2010
Press Release
Representatives Henry A. Waxman, Bart Stupak, and Edward J. Markey today sent a letter to Mariner Energy, Inc. regarding an explosion on its oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Committee is requesting a briefing on the incident and its possible causes.
09/01/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today released information from BP regarding its spending on corporate advertising and marketing following the April 20, 2010, explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
08/26/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. Edward J. Markey, Rep. Rick Boucher, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman released a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examines changes in the wireless industry over the past decade, consumer and stakeholder perspectives of regulatory policies and industry practices, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) strategies to monitor industry competition.  GAO...
08/26/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today announced that the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on September 14, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. on the safety of the nation’s food supply in light of the recent outbreak of salmonella associated with eggs from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa.
08/25/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent letters to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting documents related to the recent outbreak of salmonella associated with eggs from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa.