Health Subcommittee Vote on H.R. 1206, H.R. 6118, H.R. 1063, H.R. 6163, H.R. 4124, H.R. 733

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 2:00pm
2123 Rayburn
Background Documents and Information: 

The health care law’s misguided Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) mandate violates President Obama’s long repeated promise that “if you like the plan you have, you can keep it.” During a September 15, 2011, hearing, witnesses testified that the MLR regulations have created a "desperate economic situation" for a half-million insurance agents and brokers. This requirement could force agents to leave the market or significantly limit their plan offerings, creating a level of disruption that would quickly destabilize the market and threaten the ability of insurers to continue offering plans. H.R. 1206 would exclude from the calculation of the MLR commissions paid to independent insurance brokers and agents who work to find individuals and small businesses affordable insurance options.

H.R. 6118 would give the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services much needed regulatory flexibility to enforce prohibitions against improper referrals of proficiency testing under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

H.R.1063 would create efficiencies in the Medicare Secondary Payer program to speed up the process of returning money to the Medicare Trust Fund while reducing costly legal barriers for both large and small employers.

H.R. 6163 allows NIH to fund pediatric research networks comprised of a consortia of cooperating institutions that will cooperate in conducting research on conditions and disease affecting pediatric populations.

H.R. 4124 would provide demonstration grants to states with a shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to streamline state-licensing requirements for military veteran EMTs to prevent unnecessary duplication in training.

H.R. 733 directs the National Cancer Institute to establish a scientific framework with respect to research of recalcitrant cancers with low survival rates in order to advance diagnosis and treatment. The scientific framework will include a review of the current research, coordinate new initiatives, and identify unanswered medical and scientific questions.  

 

Markup Notice

Background Memo

 
Amendments & Votes: 

H.R. 1206, the “Access to Professional Health Insurance Advisors Act of 2011”

H.R. 1206, the “Access to Professional Health Insurance Advisors Act of 2011” was favorably reported by a voice vote.  

H.R. 6118, the “Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act of 2012”

H.R. 6118, the “Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act of 2012” was favorably reported by a voice vote. 

H.R. 1063, the “Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2011”

Author Description and Link to Text Outcome Vote
Murphy Changes the manner in which a final conditional payment from CMS is tabulated and provides greater flexibility for CMS when levying civil monetary penalties for reporting errors, and amends the statute of limitations provision contained in the original bill, among others.  Agreed to Voice

H.R. 1063, the “Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2011” was favorably reported by a voice vote.

H.R. 6163, the “National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2012”

H.R. 6163, the “National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2012” was favorably reported by a voice vote.  

H.R. 4124, the “Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2012”

Author Description and Link to Text Outcome  Vote
Pitts

H.R. 4124, the “Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2012”

Agreed to Voice 

H.R. 4124, the “Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2012” was favorably reported, as amended, by a voice vote. 

H.R. 733, the “Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act of 2012”

Author Description and Link to Text Outcome Vote
Lance

H.R. 733, the “Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act of 2012”

Ageed To Voice

H.R. 733, the “Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act of 2012” was favorably reported, as amended, by a voice vote.  

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