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This Week on the Hill, June 11 - June 15, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The House convenes for this week’s legislative session tomorrow at 2 p.m.
The chamber is scheduled to spend the entire week debating and voting on a number of opioid crisis response bills. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 36 measures will be considered under suspension of the rules – the expedited floor process for noncontroversial bills that limits debate, bars amendments, and requires a two-thirds majority for passage.
Tuesday's floor activities will largely focus on 15 House Energy and Commerce opioid-related bills. Votes are also planned for controlled substance measures (H.R. 5041, H.R. 5202, H.R. 5483, H.R. 4275), FDA counterfeit drug (H.R. 522) and pain management (H.R. 5473) bills, as well as several Medicare (H.R. 5582, H.R. 5685, H.R. 3331) and Medicaid (H.R. 5583, H.R. 5800) measures.
Among the bills under consideration is Jessie’s Law (H.R. 5009), which requires HHS, within one year of the bill’s enactment, to develop and disseminate best practices regarding the prominent display of substance use disorder history in patient records of patients who have previously provided this information to a health care provider.
The House will also consider H.R. 5197, the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act, which would award grants to hospitals and EDs to develop, implement, enhance, or study alternative pain management protocols and treatments that limit the use and prescription of opioids in emergency departments.
On Wednesday, the House will consider a broader array of bills focusing on children and family opioid support programs (H.R. 5889, H.R. 5890, H.R. 5891, S. 1091), plus regional (H.R. 5294) and law enforcement (H.R. 6902) grants. Other bills include FDA-focused drug importation control (H.R. 5752), workplace (H.R. 5892) and veterans' opioid measures (H.R. 2147, H.R. 4635).

Lawmakers will conclude the week with regular voting on two opioid enforcement bills (H.R. 5788, H.R. 2851) and a supportive housing assistance bill (H.R. 5735).



The Senate convenes at 3 p.m. to resume consideration on the motion to proceed to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 2986, using the House-passed version, H.R. 5515, as the legislative vehicle) with a vote on the motion to proceed expected at 5:30 p.m.



Tuesday, June 12


Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on "President Trump's Drug Pricing Plan." 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.
Senate Finance Committee markup of the "Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorders Act of 2018." 2:00 p.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.


Wednesday, June 13


Health Subcommittee of House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on H.R.5693, the "Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act.” 3:00 p.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.


Thursday, June 14


Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on S. 2837, the “Preventing Drug Diversion Act of 2018” and S. 974, the “CREATES Act of 2017.” 9:30 a.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.


Friday, June 15


Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on "The State of U.S. Public Health Biopreparedness: Responding to Biological Attacks, Pandemics, and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks." 9:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.




Monday, June 11


Families USA and Kentucky Voices for Health hold a media conference call briefing on "Recent Medicaid Waivers in Legal and Policy Context," focusing on Stewart v. Azar, a lawsuit challenging work requirements and other changes to Kentucky's Medicaid program. 11:30 a.m.


Tuesday, June 12

The Hill holds a discussion on "Maternal and Child Health: Tackling Disparities, Improving Outcomes." 8:30 a.m., The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Third Floor, Knight Broadcast Studio, Washington, D.C.

The National Coalition on Health Care, the Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable and the Better Medicare Alliance hold a forum on "Health Care at a Crossroads: Policy Options to Address Soaring Drug Costs and Ensure Better Care for Seniors." 10:00 a.m., H-137, U.S. Capitol.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) holds an on-the-record conference call briefing, beginning at 12 p.m., to discuss "the growing number of states that have not adopted the Affordable Care Act's expansion and are now seeking or considering Medicaid waivers that would take coverage away from poor parents if they fail to meet work requirements." 12:00 p.m.


Wednesday, June 13



The Atlantic holds a forum on "Healing the Divide on Health Equity." 8:30 a.m., Baltimore Center Stage, Head Theater, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md.
The Washington Post Live holds a discussion on "Mental Health and Well-Being in America," focusing on strategies for addressing the country's mental health concerns and links between technology use and mental well-being. 9:00 a.m., 1301 K St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Research!America, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the National Hispanic Medical Association, and the National Medical Association hold a briefing on "Overcoming Gaps in the Treatment of Mental Illness: The Role of Patient-Centered Research." 12:00 p.m., 325 Russell Bldg.


Thursday, June 14


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) holds a conference on "Aligning Incentives for Better Health." 8:00 a.m., 1615 H St. NW, Washington, D.C.
The Alliance for Health Policy (AHP) holds a webinar, beginning at 1 p.m., on "Prescription Drug Costs: Can Increased Competition Restrain Prices?" 1:00 p.m.



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