Legislative

Jun 20, 2018
The House of Representatives has approved 20 more bills to address the opioid crisis, including five supported by the AHA. Among the AHA-supported bills: H.R. 5797, as amended, would allow states to receive federal matching funds for up to 30 days per year for services provided to adult…
Jun 15, 2018
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education today approved by voice vote legislation that would provide $177.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Labor, HHS and Education in fiscal year 2019. According to a committee summary, the…
Jun 21, 2018
The House Ways and Means Committee today approved legislation (H.R. 6142) that would require the Health and Human Services secretary to develop with stakeholders a plan to reduce waste related to single-use drug vials, and report to Congress on options for any needed legislative action to…
Jun 20, 2018
House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (R-AR) yesterday released a fiscal year 2019 budget plan that would balance the budget within nine years. The plan would cap non-defense discretionary spending at $597 billion and include reconciliation instructions for the Ways and Means and Energy…
Jun 20, 2018
The Senate today voted 48-50 to reject legislation (H.R. 3) that would rescind about $15 billion in prior appropriations to federal programs, including nearly $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program and $800 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Under the…
Jun 20, 2018
According to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Don Rucker, M.D., the Department of Health and Human Services will release a request for information in the coming months seeking input on reporting criteria for the Electronic Health Record Reporting Program, required by the 21st…
Jun 18, 2018
Please urge your representative to support AHA-backed bills to combat the opioid crisis. The House of Representatives this week is expected to continue voting on bills to combat the opioid crisis, including the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for…
Jun 14, 2018
The House Appropriations Committee today released draft legislation that would provide $177.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in fiscal year 2019, about the same as the 2018 enacted level. According to a committee…
Jun 13, 2018
The House of Representatives last night approved 25 bills to combat the opioid crisis, including four supported by the AHA. The AHA-supported bills would provide resources for hospitals to develop protocols on discharging patients who have presented with an opioid overdose (H.R. 5176);…
Jun 13, 2018
The Senate Finance Committee yesterday voted to unanimously approve, as amended, the Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorders Act. The legislation would require Medicare and Medicaid to provide beneficiaries better education, prevention, management and treatment options…