WASHINGTON, DC - News continues to get worse for the president’s health law as South Carolina’s co-op announced that it would shutter in 2016. South Carolina’s closure brings the total to nine out of the original 23 co-ops that will be out of operation in 2016, bringing the total cost to taxpayers to $982,524,470. South Carolina’s news comes on the heels of co-ops in Tennessee, Colorado, and Oregon announcing that they too would close.
WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, the Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), reviewed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ plan to update and strengthen the Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management Program (MTM). The original goal of the program was to encourage senior patients to adhere to their prescriptions diligently ultimately reducing their need for additional care in the future. However, the current program’s incentives are not aligned and proper adherence to prescriptions is not as strong as it could be.
WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) issued the following statement after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced they were issuing the operating license of the Watts Bar Nuclear Unit 2 in Tennessee:
Last weekend, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) joined over 600 folks for Kalamazoo’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Over 100 teams braved the morning chill to raise over $60,000 and help boost awareness and research for breast cancer.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today held a legislative hearing examining S. 611, the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act. The bill, which passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent, is the companion to H.R.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today called the White House’s efforts to address prescription drug abuse and heroin use a “welcome step.” The committee has held a number of hearings in the last year on the growing opioid epidemic and steps that should be taken, several elements of which were included in the administration’s proposal.