Letters

June 28, 2013 | Letter
Excerpt: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires that insurers offering plans on the Health Insurance Marketplaces, or exchanges, include a “sufficient number and geographic distribution” of providers that serve predominantly “low-income, medically underserved individuals.” These providers are referred to as Essential Community Providers.
June 27, 2013 | Letter
Excerpt: EPA regularly faces litigation relating to implementation or enforcement of statutes or of its regulations, rulemaking activities, and other actions. Several environmental statutes have provisions that allow citizens – including individuals, states, non-governmental organizations, industry, associations and other entities – to file a lawsuit against EPA challenging certain agency actions or inaction, including lawsuits relating to potential new regulations,”
June 27, 2013 | Letter
Excerpt: The Committee acknowledges and supports the important role that VRS services have in enhancing the personal and professional lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans. The purpose of our inquiry is not to question the merits of the VRS program, but rather, to find out whether the program, in its current form, is efficient, sustainable and sufficiently safeguarded against the possibility of fraud.
June 27, 2013 | Letter
Excerpt: We write to request that you supplement your response to the bipartisan letter sent by 124 members of the House of Representatives, including 31 members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, related to sequestration and the Medicare program (copy attached). To read the letter, click here.
June 24, 2013 | Letter
Excerpt: Given the fiscally constrained environment, ensuring efficient and effective use of federal funding is vital. Thus, we are requesting that GAO review NIH’s indirect costs and its processes for overseeing the validity of its indirect cost reimbursements to grant recipients. To read the letter to GAO, click here.
June 20, 2013 | Letter
Excerpt: While the Committee recognizes the importance of expanding broadband access to rural areas of the country, we are concerned by reports that the EAGLE-Net project has overbuilt existing systems rather than extend service to areas of Colorado that legitimately meet the underserved/unserved eligibility requirements.

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