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10/07/2009
Bill
H.R. 1740, the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act of 2009, amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control, to conduct a national evidence-based education campaign to increase public awareness regarding the threats posed by breast cancer to young women,...
10/07/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
10/07/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, "Growing U.S. Trade in Green Technology" on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. 
10/03/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey wrote to private and government entities regarding their approach and assumptions for modeling the economic effects of clean energy legislation in order to better understand the bases for each model's conclusions.
10/02/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters to two tobacco distributors regarding recent reports that the companies were attempting to circumvent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on the sale of flavored cigarettes. 
10/01/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled, "H.R. 3258, the Drinking Water System Security Act of 2009, and H.R. 2868, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009" on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. 
10/01/2009
Press Release
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new information on 2010 options for Medicare Advantage and Part D enrollees.  This release shows that there have been significant benefits from new efforts by CMS to protect enrollees. 
10/01/2009
Press Release
Leaders of the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging HHS to revise or repeal the harm standard provisions included in the breach notification interim final rule so that individuals are notified if there is an unauthorized disclosure of their personal health information.
09/30/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session to consider H.R. 2221, the "Data Accountability and Trust Act"; and H.R. 1319, the "Informed P2P User Act", on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/30/2009
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Rick Boucher, Chairman of the Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee, praised a permanent agreement reached by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 
09/24/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, "A National Interoperable Broadband Network for Public Safety:  Recent Developments" on Thursday, September 24, 2009 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing focused on progress in efforts to create a national public safety broadband network and proposals that have emerged since last...
09/24/2009
Press Release
Earlier this week, U.S. Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), and George Miller (D-CA), the Chairmen of the three Committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the House, sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Veterans Committee to reinforce their commitment to protecting veterans' current health plans and expanding access to quality, affordable...
09/24/2009
Press Release
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark (D-CA), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman Emeritus John D. Dingell (D-MI) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) today praised bipartisan passage of the Medicare Premium Fairness Act (H.R. 3631) by a...
09/23/2009
Bill
On July 14, 2009, H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, was introduced in the House by Rep. Dingell of Michigan. In the first session of the 111th Congress, the Subcommittee on Health held five days of oversight hearings focused on making health care work for American families. Hearings were held on March 10, 2009; March 17, 2009; March 24, 2009; March 31, 2009; and April 2,...
09/23/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., to consider a motion to instruct the Chairman to transmit to the Committee on Rules additional recommended amendments for consideration in connection with H.R. 3200, the "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009."
09/23/2009
Press Release
To help 11 million senior citizens and disabled people avoid an unfairly large increase in their Medicare Part B premiums, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Health Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone, and Chairman Emeritus John Dingell joined Rep. Dina Titus in introducing H.R. 3631, the "Medicare Premium Fairness Act."
09/22/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, "Federal Oversight of High Containment Bio-Laboratories," on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/17/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, "Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission" on Thursday, September 17, 2009 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/15/2009
Hearing
The Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing titled, "Preparing for the 2009 Pandemic Flu" on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/10/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, "Consumer Product Safety Commission Oversight:  Current Issues and a Vision for the Future" on Thursday, September 10, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/10/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, "Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:  Broadband, Part 2" on Thursday, September 10, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. 
09/10/2009
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to President Obama's address to Congress.
09/09/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, "'Ryan White CARE Act Amendments of 2009' Discussion Draft Legislation" on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined a discussion draft of legislation to extend the Ryan White Program for three additional years. 
09/09/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3276, the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009 on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. 
08/31/2009
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Bart Stupak, Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, sent letters to six health insurance companies requesting information about the practice of "purging" small businesses when their employees become ill and their health insurance claims increase.  Letters were sent to Aetna...
08/28/2009
Press Release
A letter from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) affirms that H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act, would significantly reduce prescription drug costs for seniors under the Medicare prescription drug (Part D) program.  CBO finds that there will be an overall decrease in out-of-pocket spending due to closing the "donut hole" coverage gap.
08/26/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
08/19/2009
Press Release
As part of the Committee's ongoing investigation of the health insurance industry's business practices, Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters to the largest insurance companies requesting information on how the companies use the premiums collected from policyholders, businesses, and the government.  A follow-up letter was sent to the companies on...
08/04/2009
Press Release
A new report on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) validates previous estimates that the cost of the legislation would be low--less than a quarter a day on average--while growth in America's clean energy sector will be huge. 
08/01/2009
Press Release
The Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 3200, "America's Affordable Health Choices Act," by a vote of 31 to 28.  This legislation will build on what works in today's health care system, makes important insurance market reforms to protect consumers, encourages competition among insurance plans to improve choices for patients, and expands access to quality, affordable...
07/31/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met on Friday, July 31, to conclude consideration of H.R. 3200, "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009."
07/30/2009
Bill
On June 17, 2009, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, by a voice vote.  This legislation grants the Food and Drug Administration the authorities and resources it needs to better oversee the safety of the nation's food supply.  The legislation also increases industry's responsibility for overseeing the safety of...
07/30/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met on Thursday, July 30, 2009, at 4:00 p.m., to continue consideration of H.R. 3200, "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009."
07/29/2009
Press Release
Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee released a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report titled, "U.S.-Russia Nuclear Agreement: Interagency Process Used to Develop the...
07/27/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a field hearing entitled "Terminations of Health Policies by Insurance Companies: State Perspectives and Legislative Solutions" on Monday, July 27, 2009 in New Albany, Indiana. The hearing examined the practice of "post-claims underwriting," which occurs when insurance companies cancel individual health insurance policies...
07/27/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a field hearing entitled “Oversight of Cemeteries and Other Funeral Services: Who’s in Charge?” on Monday, July 27, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The hearing examined consumer protections relating to funerals and cemeteries.
07/24/2009
Press Release
The Committee has prepared, for each member, a district-level analysis of the impact of the legislation. This analysis includes information on the impact of the legislation on small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured. It also includes an estimate of the impacts of the surtax that is used to pay for the legislation.
07/22/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement.
07/20/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met on Monday, July 20, 2009, at 4:30 p.m., to continue consideration of H.R. 3200, "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009."
07/20/2009
Press Release
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released estimates this evening confirming for the first time that H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act, is deficit neutral over the 10-year budget window - and even produces a $6 billion surplus.  CBO estimated more than $550 billion in gross Medicare and Medicaid savings.  More importantly, the bill includes a comprehensive array...
07/20/2009
Press Release
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey, along with Reps. Frank Pallone, Jan Schakowsky, Lois Capps, and John Sarbanes, introduced the Drinking Water System Security Act of 2009 with the support of the largest drinking water utilities and environmental and labor groups in the nation.  This bill would require...
07/17/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met on Friday, July 17, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., to continue consideration of H.R. 3200, the "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009."
07/17/2009
Press Release
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released estimates confirming for the first time that H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act, is deficit neutral over the 10-year budget window - and even produces a $6 billion surplus.
07/16/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met on Thursday, July 16, 2009, to begin consideration of H.R. 3200, the "America's Affordable Health Choices Act."
07/14/2009
Press Release
The Chairmen of the three Committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced comprehensive health care reform legislation today that will reduce out-of-control costs, encourage competition among insurance plans to improve choices for patients, and expand access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
07/08/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled "The Proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency:  Implications for Consumers and FTC" on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the Administration's proposal to create a new agency responsible for consumer protection with regard to...
07/08/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on "Regulation of Bottled Water" on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined current federal regulation of bottled water.
07/08/2009
Press Release
The House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means released a preliminary estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on a portion of the House Tri-Committee health reform discussion draft. The draft proposals included in the estimate would slow spending, yielding more than $500 billion in gross savings to Medicare over ten years while also extending the solvency of...
07/08/2009
Press Release
Chairmen Waxman and Boucher, and Ranking Members Barton and Stearns introduced H.R. 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act.  This legislation requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a detailed inventory of radio spectrum bands, as well as a centralized portal or website to make the inventory...