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W&M Announces September 13th Markup Session for Medicare-Related Bills

Tuesday, September 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: MaryBeth Wilkerson
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Below please find a press release issued today by the Ways and Means Committee announcing that it will hold a markup on September 13, 2017, during which it will consider the following Medicare-related bills:
    • The  Comprehensive Operations, Sustainability, and Transport Act of 2017 (H.R. 3729),sponsored by Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Terri Sewell (D-AL), related to the add-on payment for the ground ambulance transport program for Medicare beneficiaries;
    • A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include additional telehealth services for purposes of Medicare Advantage organization bids, and for other purposes (H.R. 3727), sponsored by Reps. Diane Black (R-TN) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), which would allow telehealth services to be included as a basic service in Medicare Advantage plans;
    • The Stark Administrative Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 3726), sponsored by Reps. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) and Ron Kind (D-WI), which would create an “alternative pathway to resolve inadvertent technical violations” of the Stark law; and;
    • Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (H.R. 2824),sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.
 The Committee will also consider a welfare-related bill. The full press release is copied below:
 
W&M Announces Markup of Legislation to Improve Medicare Programs and Policies, Expand Evidence-Based Welfare Solutions

September 11, 2017
EMILY SCHILLINGER
LAUREN ARONSON

(202) 226-4774

 What:  Full Committee on Ways and Means Markup
Where:  1100 Longworth House Office Building
When:  Wednesday, September 13, at 10:30 AM ET
Visit waysandmeans.house.gov/live to watch the markup.

The Committee will consider the following:
Comprehensive Operations, Sustainability, and Transport Act of 2017 (H.R. 3729)
Sponsored by Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Terri Sewell (D-AL)
    • Extends the current-law add-on payment for ground ambulance transport program for Medicare beneficiaries.
    • Requires providers to submit annual cost reports to Health and Human Services to better ensure more accurate reimbursements.
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include additional telehealth services for purposes of Medicare Advantage organization bids, and for other purposes (H.R. 3727)
Sponsored by Reps. Diane Black (R-TN) and Mike Thompson (D-CA)
    • Allows telehealth services to be included as a basic benefit for Medicare Advantage recipients, rather than a supplemental service.
Stark Administrative Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 3726)
Sponsored by Reps. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) and Ron Kind (D-WI)
    • Builds on legislation passed in July to modernize Medicare’s physician self-referral laws, known as “Stark Laws,” by creating an alternative pathway to resolve inadvertent technical violations.
Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (H.R. 2824)
Sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE)
    • Reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.
Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act (H.R. 2792)
Sponsored by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Sam Johnson (R-TX)
    • Prohibits individuals with outstanding arrest warrants for a felony or parole violation from receiving monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.


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