What’s Ahead: This Week

Hearings & Markups –

  • Wednesday, August 3
    • Senate Finance Committee, “The Need to Fix the Organ Transplant System.” Additional information
    • Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight, “Hearing: Revisiting Gain of Function Research: What the Pandemic Taught Us and Where Do We Go From Here?” Additional information

Notable Policy Events –

  • Monday, August 1
    • The Washington Post, “Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson on abortion and the future of the Republican Party.” Additional information
  • Tuesday, August 2
    • Manatt, “Accelerating and Enhancing Behavioral Health Integration Through Digitally Enabled Care.” Additional information
  • Wednesday, August 3

Weekly Wrap-Up: Notable Health Care Developments from Last Week

Medicare, Medicaid & Marketplaces –

  • On July 25, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reported that CMS had not recovered $332 million of the $416 million of Medicare overpayments identified in audit reports issued during the 30-month period ending March 31, 2009. OIG could not verify that CMS collected the $84 million that it reported collecting and identified inaccuracies in the reported amounts. Report in Brief Report
  • On July 26, 112 House and 30 Senate members separately sent a letter to CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure expressing concern over the proposed payment updates included in the CMS inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) fiscal year 2023 proposed rule, specifically that the proposed payment updates do not fully account for the current cost of care and when coupled with other policy changes in the rule, will result in an overall payment reduction for hospitals in FY2023. House Letter Senate Letter Press Release
  • On July 27, CMS launched its enhanced Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System, which integrates the data nursing homes report on their weekend staffing rates for nurses and information on annual turnover among nurses and administrators. Press Release
  • Also on July 27, CMS announced updates to the Care Compare website to provide consumers that use the website with more comprehensive information about nursing homes to support health care decisions. Fact Sheet
  • Also on July 27, CMS issued a final rule to update Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) and the IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) for fiscal year (FY) 2023. Fact Sheet Final Rule
  • Also on July 27, CMS issued a final rule to update Medicare payment policies and rates for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) for FY 2023. Fact Sheet Final Rule
  • Also on July 27, CMS issued a final rule that updates Medicare hospice payments and the aggregate cap amount for FY 2023 in accordance with existing statutory and regulatory requirements. Fact Sheet Final Rule
  • On July 28, CMS released the latest enrollment figures for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Data Highlights
  • Also on July 28, CMS released a Request for Information seeking public comment on the Medicare Advantage program. CMS is asking for input on ways to achieve the agency’s vision so that all parts of Medicare are working towards a future where people with Medicare receive more equitable, high quality, and person-centered care that is affordable and sustainable. Press Release RFI
  • Also on July 28, Reps. Doggett (D-TX) and Clyburn (D-SC) led a letter, signed by 50 House members, urging Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY) to include a solution to the Medicaid coverage gap in the inflation reduction legislation being negotiated in the Senate. Letter Press Release
  • On July 29, CMS issued a final rule that updates Medicare payment policies and rates for skilled nursing facilities under the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) for FY 2023. Press Release Fact Sheet Final Rule
  • Also on July 29, CMS announced that the average basic monthly premium for standard Medicare Part D coverage is projected to be approximately $31.50 in 2023. This expected amount is a decrease of 1.8 percent from $32.08 in 2022. News Alert

Public Health Prevention

  • COVID-19 Data: To date, there are 87,407,521 total COVID-19 cases and 1,013,261 COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Also, 770,337,705 COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered and 596,233,489 individual COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. Data
  • FDA Action Update: To date, FDA has authorized 439 tests under Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs), including 302 molecular tests, 85 antibody tests and 51 antigen tests. FDA also continues to update COVID-19 FAQs.
  • On July 25, the FDA released new updates detailing the agency’s Cyclospora prevention and research efforts. Cyclospora cayetanensis( cayetanensis) is a parasite that causes the foodborne intestinal illness cyclosporiasis. Press Release
  • Also on July 25, Senator Burr (R-NC) led a group of Republican colleagues in sending a letter to HHS Inspector General Grimm, requesting an audit of the Biden Administration’s $10 billion COVID-19 vaccine public education campaign, which was launched in March 2021 to increase vaccine awareness and confidence. Press Release Letter
  • Also on July 25, nine members of Congress sent a letter to HHS Secretary Becerra urging the rapid increase in equitable vaccine distribution and the need for a public health education campaign to combat the spread of monkeypox. Letter
  • On July 26, OIG released a report examining whether selected nursing homes complied with Federal requirements for infection prevention and control and emergency preparedness. OIG found that 28 of the 39 nursing homes had possible deficiencies and, as a result, issued four recommendations. Report in Brief Report
  • Also on July 26, Reps. Scalise (R-LA), Comer (R-KY), and Stefanik (R-NY), called on New York Governor Kathy Hochul to provide more detailed data about former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s management of nursing homes during COVID-19. Press Release
  • On July 27, CDC reported identifying the bacteria that causes a rare and serious disease called melioidosis through a sampling of soil and water in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi. CDC is alerting clinicians throughout the country of this discovery through a national health advisory. Press Release
  • Also on July 27, HHS Secretary Becerra issued a statement in support of the FDA’s approval of a supplement to the biologics license for the JYNNEOS Vaccine, which is manufactured by Bavarian Nordic and approved to prevent smallpox and monkeypox. Press Release
  • On July 28, HHS announced plans to allocate an additional 786,000 doses of JYNNEOS vaccine, increasing the supply of monkeypox vaccine doses to states and jurisdictions. Press Release
  • Also on July 28, Sen. Romney (R-UT) released a proposal for a new data agency to improve access to impartial and objective public health data that would bolster infectious disease intelligence and preparedness. The Center for Public Health Data would establish an early warning system for infectious disease and aggregate existing data to make it more accessible in real time. Press Release Proposal
  • On July 29, HHS announced an agreement to purchase 66 milliondoses of Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster candidate for potential use in the fall and winter. Last month, the FDA recommended that vaccine manufacturers update their existing COVID-19 vaccines to create a booster that can target BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. Press Release
  • Also on July 29, Rep. Maloney (D-NY) sent a letter to HHS Secretary Becerra urging him to declare a public health emergency in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. Press Release
  • Also on July 29, the FDA provided an update on its multipronged response to monkeypox, including its efforts in the areas of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics. The agency has also established a dedicated website to provide important information about the FDA’s ongoing regulatory activities related to monkeypox. Press Release Website

Health IT, Privacy, & Digital Health –

  • On July 25, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program issued a request for information to seek guidance on how best to acquire and integrate electronic health record data from health information networks and health information exchanges (HIEs) into the program’s dataset. Responses are due August 31. Press Release RFI
  • On July 26, ONC announced “Using Machine Learning Techniques to Enable Health Information Exchange to Support COVID-19-Focused PCOR,” a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Trust Fund project implementing new technologies and standards to unlock the potential for HIEs to support research. Blog Project Overview
  • Also on July 26, HHS released a report on insights gained from key informant interviews and an ASPE-hosted listening session on short-term opportunities for improving PCOR data infrastructure that addresses the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Report in Brief Report
  • On July 27, HHS released a report examining opportunities to improve data interoperability and integration to support value-based care. The authors conducted stakeholder interviews that focused on the current state of data integration, the uses of data integration in value-based care, and the barriers to and facilitators of data integration. Report in Brief Report
  • Also on July 27, Reps. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Brady (R-TX) issued a statement in support of telehealth expansions. Press Release
  • On July 28, ONC announced the annual comment period for the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) will be open from July 28 – September 30, 2022. This opportunity allows stakeholders to provide comments, suggest revisions, and propose additions to the ISA before the 9thAnnual ISA Reference Edition is published in January 2023. Blog
  • On July 29, HHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidance on the protections in federal nondiscrimination laws, including the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 1557 of the ACA, requiring that telehealth be accessible to people with disabilities and limited English proficient persons. Press Release Guidance

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Policy –

  • On July 29, the White House announced new actions to strengthen school-based mental health services and address the youth mental health crisis. This includes expanding access to mental health services in schools and encouraging Governors to invest more in school-based mental health services. Fact Sheet
  • Also on July 29, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued guidance for reporters when writing about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Press Release
  • Also on July 29, SAMHSA released a report that discusses diversifying behavioral health research and the impact this can have on addressing disparities. Report

Prescription Drugs, Medical Devices, and Biomedical Research –

  • On July 27, Senate Finance Committee Chair Wyden (D-OR) demanded companies, Merck and Abbott, comply with the Senate Finance Committee’s investigation into the tax practices of Big Pharma. Press Release
  • On July 28, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that reviewed strategies to improve the reliability of federally funded research at the NIH, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). GAO made six recommendations to evaluate research using indicators of rigor and transparency, and to use this information to inform further actions. Report in Brief Report

Veterans Health and Military Health  –

  • On July 26, GAO released a report on the effectiveness of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) pediatric lead screening, testing, and treatment guidelines for its military medical facilities. GAO recommended that DHA develop a plan, including time frames, to implement a process for overseeing military medical treatment facility providers’ adherence to pediatric lead processes. Report in Brief Report
  • On July 28, GAO issued a report discussing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to implement GAO’s recommendations made in a June 2020 report that reviewed VA’s efforts to prevent and address sexual harassment at the agency. To update the status of the recommendations, GAO analyzed newly-available federal survey data on the prevalence of sexual harassment and reviewed agency guidance and documentation. Report in Brief Report
  • Also on July 28, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Chairman Rep. Takano (D-CA) delivered remarks at a press conference following the failed Senate cloture vote on the PACT Act. Remarks
  • Also on July 28, the VA OIG released a report reviewing improperly created debts in veteran’s accounts made by employees at Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) when reducing disability levels. Based on the review of a statistical sample, the review team estimated errors incorrectly created debts totaling about $13.4 million. Report in Brief Report
  • On July 29, the VA announced the expansion of a grant program that allows grantees to receive reimbursements for costs associated with serving the minor dependents of homeless Veterans. Press Release

Health Systems, Public Health & Health Equity –

  • On July 25, HHS announced a proposed rule implementing Section 1557 of the ACA that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in certain health programs and activities. Press Release Proposed Rule Fact Sheet
  • On July 26, HHS Secretary Becerra issued a statement on the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Statement
  • Also on July 26, CDC announced two winners of the 2022 REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Award for Advancing Health Equity Challenge, which recognizes individuals and organizations that work to advance health equity, reduce health disparities, and improve health in groups disproportionately affected by chronic disease. Press Release
  • Also on July 26, President Biden signed a proclamation marking the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Fact Sheet
  • On July 27, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the availability of nearly $15 million to grow the nursing workforce, improve access to nursing education, and advance health equity. Press Release
  • Also on July 27, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice delivered remarks to the National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Remarks
  • On July 28, the House Committee on the Budget released a report highlighting how investments in children provide benefits in both the immediate term and over the course of their lives, and outlines some of the most effective policies the federal government can implement to benefit children. Press Release Report

Maternal Health –

  • On July 25, Vice President Harris issued remarks during a roundtable discussion with Indiana State Legislators on reproductive rights. Remarks Roundtable Readout
  • On July 26, CMS unveiled its Maternity Care Action Plan to support the implementation of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis. The action plan takes a coordinated approach across CMS to improve health outcomes and reduce inequities for people during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Press Release Action Plan
  • Also on July 26, HHS announced the winners of the first phase of the HHS Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge and an investment of $8.5 million in initiatives designed to reduce pregnancy-related deaths and complications that disproportionately impact minority populations and those living in rural areas. Announcement of Winners Press Release
  • Also on July 26, HHS approved the extension of Medicaid and CHIP coverage for 12 months after pregnancy in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Kansas. As a result, up to an additional 19,000 people annually will now have access to Medicaid or CHIP coverage for a full year after pregnancy. Press Release
  • Also on July 26, Vice President Harris hosted a roundtable conversation with disability rights leaders to discuss access to reproductive health care. The participants shared stories of challenges that are disproportionately facing people with disabilities as it relates to reproductive health care and abortion access. Remarks Roundtable Readout
  • Also on July 26, DOJ leadership met with representatives from reproductive rights and other civil rights organizations to hear about the impact of Dobbsacross the country, including on vulnerable communities attempting to access reproductive health care. Additionally, the DOJ launched a website that provides a centralized online resource of its work to protect access to comprehensive health services. Press Release Website
  • On July 28, HHS issued joint guidance with the Departments of Labor and Treasury to clarify protections for birth control coverage under the ACA, under which most private health plans are required to provide birth control and family planning counseling at no additional cost. Press Release Guidance

Infant Formula

  • On July 29, the FDA provided an update on additional steps it has taken that will lead to more infant formula available in the U.S., including that 50,000 cans (over 605,000 full-size, eight-ounce bottles) of Pepticate and 24,000 cans (nearly 327,000 full-size, eight-ounce bottles) of Pepticate Syneo will be shipped from the Netherlands in August and September. Announcement

Misc. –

  • On July 27, the FDA issued draft guidance to help ensure that information is available to patients and health care professionals to clearly communicate the benefits and risks of LASIK devices.  Press Release
  • On July 29, Senators Burr (R-NC), Paul (R-KY), and Cruz (R-TX) launched a new oversight investigation into potential waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Press Release

Legislative Activity –

Votes and Committee Activity –

  • On July 26, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0 (H.R. 623) was passed by an en bloc vote of 336-90. The bill reauthorizes a pediatric disease research initiative within the National Institutes of Health, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Program. The bill heads to the Senate for consideration. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 26, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2022 (H.R. 8487) advanced out of the Ways & Means committee by voice vote. The bill would establish requirements with respect to the use of prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans. The bill now heads to the full House for consideration. Bill text Press release Stakeholder remarks
  • Also on July 26, the Brycen Gray and Ben Price COVID–19 Cognitive Research Act (H.R. 7180) passed the House by a vote of 350-69. The bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award competitive, merit-reviewed grants to eligible entities, including through the RAPID funding mechanism, to support interdisciplinary research on the disruption of regular cognitive processes associated with both short-term and long-term COVID-19 infections, including with respect to children and adolescents. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. Bill text
  • Also on July 26, the Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (H.R. 8454) passed the House by a vote of 325-95. The bill establishes a new, separate registration process to facilitate research on marijuana. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. Bill text Press release
  • On July 27, Senate Democrats unveiled the text of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The new $739 billion proposal for the FY2022 Budget Reconciliation bill would allow Medicare to negotiate for prescription drug prices and extend the expanded ACA credits for three years through 2025, among other provisions. Bill text Bill summary Press release
  • Also on July 27, the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act (H.R. 3771) passed the House by a vote of 237-192. The bill authorizes HHS to establish programs that support heart-disease research and awareness among communities disproportionately affected by heart disease, including the South Asian population of the US. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 27, the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022 (H.R. 4040) passed the House by a vote of 416-12. The bill makes permanent several telehealth flexibilities under Medicare that were initially authorized during the public health emergency relating to COVID-19. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. Bill text Press release
  • On July 28, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Leahy (D-VT) released the Chairman’s mark of the 12 Senate appropriations bills. The bills seek to promote affordable housing, help families put food on the table, support the education and care of children and young people, combat climate change, improve health care access, and invest in communities. Bill summaries Press release HHS Bill text HHS Explanatory statement HHS Summary
  • Also on July 28, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Leahy (D-VT), Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Chair Murray (D-WA), and Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Chair Coons (D-DE) released a $21 billion emergency supplemental funding bill to provide the necessary resources to prepare for the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and to address other emerging diseases that pose a significant threat to public health. Press release

Introduced Legislation –

  • On July 25, Sen. Tester (D-MT) introduced the Build, Utilize, Invest, Learn, and Deliver (BUILD) for Veterans Act of 2022 (S. 4601), which would improve the management and performance of the capital asset programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs so as to better serve veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 25, Sens. Stabenow (D-MI) and Collins (R-ME) introduced the Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2022 (S. 4605), which would ensure stability in payments to home health agencies under the Medicare program. On July 28, Reps. Sewell (D-AL) and Buchanan (R-FL) introduced the companion legislation in the House (H.R. 8581).  Bill text Press Release
  • On July 26, Reps. Schweikert (R-AZ), Miller-Meeks (R-IA), and Carter (R-GA) introduced legislation (H.R. 8489), which would extend certain telehealth services and requirements. Press release
  • Also on July 26, Reps. Brownley (D-CA) and Kelly (D-IL) introduced the Protecting Social Workers and Health Professionals from Workplace Violence Act (H.R. 8492), which would authorize the Secretary of HHS to award grants to States to provide safety measures to social workers, health workers, and human services professionals performing services placing such individuals in high-risk and potentially dangerous situations. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 26, Reps. Hern (R-OK), Curtis (R-UT), and Bacon (R-NE) introduced the Protecting Mental Health Services Act (H.R. 8497), which would remove in-person requirements under Medicare for mental health services furnished through telehealth and telecommunications technology. Press Release
  • Also on July 26, Rep. Lamborn (R-CO) and 11 cosponsors introduced the Preventing Abortion Sanctuaries Act (H.R. 8501), which would prohibit abortion sanctuary States from receiving funds from HHS. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 26, Rep. Miller (R-WV) introduced legislation (H.R. 8505), which would permit the use of telehealth for purposes of recertification of eligibility for hospice care. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 26, Reps. Murphy (R-NC), Burgess (R-TX), and Herrell (R-NM) introduced legislation (H.R. 8506), which would extend telehealth services for federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 26, Reps. O’Halleran (D-AZ) and Harshbarger (R-TN) introduced the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2022 (H.R. 8508), which would support rural residency training funding that is equitable for all States. Press release
  • Also on July 26, Rep. Porter (D-CA) and 14 cosponsors introduced the Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act (H.R. 8512), which would strengthen parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits. Sen. Warren (D-MA) and 13 cosponsors introduced the companion legislation in the Senate (S. 4616). Press release
  • Also on July 26, Reps. Smith (R-MO) and Flores (R-TX) introduced legislation (H.R. 8515), which would allow for the furnishing of audio-only telehealth services. Press release
  • Also on July 26, Sen. Markey (D-MA) and 23 cosponsors introduced the Right to Contraception Act (S. 4612), which would protect a person’s ability to access contraceptives and to engage in contraception and protect a health care provider’s ability to provide contraceptives, contraception, and information related to contraception. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 26, Sens. Collins (R-ME) and Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Supporting Seniors with Opioid Use Disorder Act of 2022 (S. 4618), which would improve access to opioid use disorder treatment services under the Medicare program. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 26, Sens. Grassley (R-IA), Klobuchar (D-MN), Ernst (R-IA), and Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act (S. 4621), which would promote low-carbon, high-octane fuels, protect public health, and improve vehicle efficiency and performance. Press release
  • On July 27, Rep. Budd (R-NC) introduced the Promote Work and Improve Health Act (H.R. 8523), which would require a State receiving a block grant for prevention and treatment of substance use disorders to describe the State’s efforts to encourage and promote work and employment to improve mental health and well-being. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 27, Reps. Bush (D-MO), Pressley (D-MA), Lee (D-CA), and Kelly (D-IL) introduced the Protect Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2022 (H.R. 8524), which would establish the Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Well-Being within HHS and generate a whole-of-government approach to protecting and affirming sexual and reproductive rights. Bill text One pager Press release
  • Also on July 27, Reps. Speier (D-CA) and McCaul (R-TX) introduced the Clinical Trial Coverage Act (H.R. 8546), which would require out-of-network coverage for qualified individuals participating in approved clinical trials. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 27, Sens. Brown (D-OH) and Portman (R-OH) introduced the Comprehensive Care for Dual Eligible Individuals Act of 2022 (S. 4635), which would establish an optional State-administered program to provide fully integrated, comprehensive, coordinated care for full-benefit dual eligible individuals under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 27, Sens. Ernst (R-IA) and Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act (S. 4638), which would allow women greater access to safe and effective oral contraceptive drugs intended for routine use. Press release
  • Also on July 27, Sens. Brown (D-OH) and Boozman (R-AR) introduced the Faster Payments to Veterans’ Survivors Act of 2022 (S. 4646), which would shorten the timeframe for claims by beneficiaries and the payment of benefits under VA life insurance programs, to improve the management of undisbursed life insurance benefits by the VA. Bill text One pager Press release
  • On July 28, Reps. Murphy (R-NC) and Miller-Meeks (R-IA) introduced the Travel Nursing Agency Transparency Study Act (H.R. 8576), which would require a study on the effects of travel nurse agencies on the health industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 28, Reps. Trone (D-MD) and Meuser (R-PA) introduced the Ensuring the FDA Fully Examines Clinical Trial Impact and Vitalness before Endorsement (EFFECTIVE) Act (H.R. 8586), which would deny approval of a new drug application for an opioid analgesic drug on the basis of such drug not being clinically superior to other commercially available drugs. Bill text One pager Press release
  • Also on July 28, Rep. Turner (R-OH) introduced the Improving Formula Access for a Nutritious Tomorrow (INFANT) Act (H.R. 8587), which would require that State agencies contract with more than one infant formula manufacturer under the special supplemental program for women, infants, and children. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 28, Reps. Westerman (R-AR) and Gonzalez (R-OH) introduced the Fair Care Act of 2022 (H.R. 8588), which would address the high costs of health care services, prescription drugs, and health insurance coverage in the United States. Bill text Press release
  • Also on July 28, Sen. Murray (D-WA) introduced the Report for the Departments Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies for Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations (S.4659), which would make appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023. Bill text Bill summary Press release