As Congress returns after a two-week recess, House lawmakers will address a host of healthcare policy issues, including two more bills to repeal mandatory funding included in the healthcare reform law.
Several healthcare issues on Congress' agenda
On Tuesday, the House will consider a bill introduced in March by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to repeal funding in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for states to establish health insurance exchanges (PDF). The lower chamber will also consider legislation introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), a physician, to repeal funding for school-based health clinics (PDF).
House members on Wednesday will take up a bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds for abortion and would also forbid funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes abortion coverage. The legislation would disallow any tax benefits for an abortion. And it would prohibit including abortion in any healthcare service that is furnished by a federal or Washington, D.C., facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or in the district.
The House will conclude its workweek Thursday with two hearings: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will discuss HHS' policies and priorities when she testifies before the House Appropriations Committee, while the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will host a hearing on “The Need to Move Beyond the SGR” to examine the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula.
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