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This Week on the Hill, December 9 - December 13, 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House meets at 2:00 p.m. Monday and will consider 16 bills under suspension of the rules, including S. 737, which would expand STEM education initiatives for young children at the National Science Foundation.
The House is also scheduled to vote on the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (H.R.), the Democrats’ prescription drug pricing bill. The measure, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) would allow HHS to directly negotiate the prices of the most expensive prescription drugs. The department would be required to negotiate prices of drugs and biological products that lack competition from generic drugs or biosimilars, as well as insulin. The bill would also cap the prices of drugs at 1.2 times the average price of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. The bill would also require drug manufacturers to pay rebates to Medicare for drugs with price increases that exceed inflation. It would establish a $2,000 out-of-pocket cap for Medicare prescription drug spending, and would make additional changes to Medicare drug coverage.
Other issues are pending House action, including 2020 federal spending and ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade.



The Senate meets at 10 a.m. and resumes consideration of the nomination of Patrick Bumatay to be a judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The chamber will also vote on the following nominees:

  • Lawrence VanDyke as a judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • John Sullivan as U.S. ambassador to Russia.
  • Stephen Hahn as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Aurelia Skipwith as the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


House and Senate lawmakers announced Sunday that the Senate HELP and House Energy & Commerce committees have reached an agreement on surprise billing legislation that includes arbitration; they hope to attach the deal to a year-end spending bill.
The compromise measure, announced by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), would prevent patients with health insurance from facing high charges when they unexpectedly receive treatment or services from an out-of-network provider.
The Energy & Commerce surprise billing proposal previously included a benchmark payment rate and an independent dispute resolution process that would allow providers to appeal claims over $1,250. The House’s arbitration amendment was introduced by Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA), both of whom Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) thanks in his statement announcing the deal. The Senate’s original surprise billing proposal only included a benchmark payment rate.
The bipartisan, bicameral agreement also includes some drug pricing transparency policies, a measure raising the purchasing age for tobacco to 21 and funding for community health centers. 



Tuesday, December 10


House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing: “Examining the Need for Comprehensive National Paid Family and Medical Leave.” 10:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing: “Securing the U.S. Drug Supply Chain: Oversight of FDA's Foreign Inspection Program.” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing: “Proposals to Achieve Universal Health Care Coverage.” 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.


  • H.R. 1277, the "State Public Option Act";
  • H.R. 1346, the "Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act of 2019";
  • H.R. 1384, the "Medicare for All Act of 2019";
  • H.R. 2000, the "Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019";
  • H.R. 2452, the "Medicare for America Act of 2019";
  • H.R. 2463, the "Choose Medicare Act"; and
  • H.R. 4527, the "Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act."

House Committee on Rules meeting to formulate a rule on H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. 3:00 p.m., H-313 U.S. Capitol.

Thursday, December 12


SenateHealth, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee markup to consider S. 2080, Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, which amends the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs. 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.


Monday, December 9


American Bar Association's Health Law Section hosts the 17th annual Washington Health Law Summit. 7:00 a.m., Washington, D.C. Ritz-Carlton.

The Bipartisan Policy Center holds an event, "Health Week at BPC." 9:00 a.m., 1225 Eye Street NW.


The Bipartisan Policy Center holds a discussion on "Advancing Comprehensive Primary Care in Medicaid." 10:00 a.m., 1225 Eye Street NW.


America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds a webinar, "An FDA Update on Biosimilars in the USA." 2:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 10


The Bipartisan Policy Center and the R Street Institute holds an event, "Examining Pharmaceutical Patent Practices & Their Impact on Drug Prices." 9:00 a.m., Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye Street NW.


The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity holds a symposium on "Affordable Hospital Care Through Competition." 1:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW.


America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds an event, "Social Determinants of Health: Evolving Identification and Documentation." 2:00 p.m.


Wednesday, December 11


The National Comprehensive Cancer Network holds a patient advocacy summit focused on "Delivering Value for Patients across the Oncology Ecosystem." 8:30 a.m., National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.


The National Association of Attorneys General holds its first Capitol Forum, featuring a discussion on “Vaping Issues.” 9:00 a.m., Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW.


The National Press Club holds an event, "Delivering Value for People with Cancer." 9:00 a.m., 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor.


Health Affairs holds an event, "Health Affairs Briefing on 2019 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey." 9:00 a.m., Conrad Hotel, 950 New York Ave NW.


The Bipartisan Policy Center holds a discussion on "Modernizing the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute to Promote Value-Based Care," focusing on physician self-referral. 10:00 a.m., 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) holds a Facebook event, "Responsible AI: AI and Health Data." 12:00 p.m.


Thursday, December 12


The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) holds an event, "Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative Meeting." 8:30 a.m., National Academy of Medicine Building.


Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) holds an event, "December 2019 MACPAC Public Meeting." 9:30 a.m., 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.


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