Hearing Information Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 3:30 PM in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building Advisory Witness List Eric Hargan Deputy Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services Testimony Gary M. Kirsh, ...
The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Health shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to programs providing payments (from any source) for health care, health delivery systems, or health research. More specifically, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Health shall include bills and matters that relate to the health care programs of the Social Security Act (including titles V, XI (Part B), XVIII, and XIX thereof) and, concurrent with the full Committee, tax credit and deduction provisions of the Internal Revenue Code dealing with health insurance premiums and health care costs.
Source: “Rules of the Committee on Ways and Means”
What We’re Working On
The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), has approved multiple bills to combat the opioid crisis. These important measures will now advance to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
Over 60 percent of drug overdoses involve an opioid. Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids, have increased fivefold since 1999. More than 42 million Americans receive prescriptions through the Medicare program, and Congress has a duty to ensure these patients don’t fall victim to the opioid crisis.
W&M Bills to help Combat the Opioid Crisis:
W&M Bill Texts:
- H.R. 5774, “Combatting Opioid Abuse for Care in Hospitals (COACH) Act”
- H.R. 5775, “Providing Reliable Options for Patients and Educational Resources (PROPER) Act”
- H.R. 5776, “Medicare and Opioid Safe Treatment (MOST) Act”
- H.R. 5773, “Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act”
- H.R. 5676, “Stop Excessive Narcotics in our Retirement (SENIOR) Communities Protection Act”
- H.R. 5723, “Expanding Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Payment Act”