Look Ahead: Committee Announces Hearing Schedule for Week of May 20

May 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced its hearing schedule for the week of May 20, 2013. Following this week’s release of a new committee report, “The Looming Premium Rate Shock,” the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will kick off its hearing schedule with an examination of health insurance premium increases under the president’s health care law. On Tuesday, both the full committee and the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold hearings examining cybsersecurity. On Wednesday, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will look into access to treatments for those with serious mental illnesses, while the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee will reconvene its legislative hearing exploring measures to modernize federal environmental law and increase state authority. Finally, on Thursday, the Health Subcommittee will examine the current state of drug compounding in America.

On Monday, May 20, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on “Health Insurance Premiums Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Earlier this week, the Energy and Commerce Committee released a report, “The Looming Premium Rate Shock.” The report, citing internal documents obtained from the nation’s largest health insurance companies, reveals the health care law’s policies, mandates, taxes, and fees will cause major premium increases for consumers in the individual, small group, and large group markets. Next Monday’s hearing will continue this examination of the law’s impact on insurance premiums and the ramifications these increases will have on consumers, job creators, and providers. The Majority Memorandum and witness list are posted here. Witness testimony will be available at the same link as it is posted.

On Tuesday, May 21, the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on “Cyber Threats and Security Solutions.” The hearing will focus on steps the federal government and the private sector are taking to bolster the security of our nation’s critical infrastructure and mitigate exposure to cyber attacks. Members will hear perspectives on the president’s Executive Order to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity, including the latest on the order’s implementation and the administration’s development of a voluntary cybersecurity framework. Additionally, members will examine best practices to better protect our nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats, including enhanced information sharing, public-private partnerships, and greater industry collaboration. The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony for the full committee hearing will be available here as they are posted.

Additionally, on Tuesday, May 21, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has scheduled a hearing on “Cybersecurity: An Examination of the Communications Supply Chain.” The subcommittee will examine challenges in securing the communications supply chain, what steps industry is taking, and what role standards organizations, public-private partnerships, and the government might play. The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony for the subcommittee hearing will be available here as they are posted.

On Wednesday, May 22, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on “Examining SAMHSA’s Role in Delivering Services to the Severely Mentally Ill.” This hearing continues the committee’s post-Newtown examination of mental health programs and federal resources available to individuals with serious mental illnesses.  In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that about 11 million U.S. adults (4.8 percent) had “serious mental illness” (SMI) and that 40 percent of adults with SMI (an estimated 4.3 million people) reported not receiving any treatment. This hearing will focus on the role of the SAMHSA, and specifically the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), in addressing the challenges posed by severe mental illness. Members will hear from SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde, as well as psychiatrists and a family that have had first-hand experiences with SAMHSA’s patient advocacy programs. The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

Also on Wednesday, May 22, the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will reconvene its legislative hearing on the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act, the Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act, and the Federal Facility Accountability Act. The Majority Memorandum, an updated witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

On Thursday, May 23, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on “Examining Drug Compounding.” The subcommittee will examine the current state of drug compounding in America. The Food and Drug Administration and health care experts will discuss the importance of traditional compounding to patients and evaluate the current regulation of compounding at both the federal and state levels. The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

Hearing Details:

Monday, May 20
4 p.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Hearing on “Health Insurance Premiums Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

Tuesday, May 21
10 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Committee on Energy and Commerce
Hearing on “Cyber Threats and Security Solutions”

Tuesday, May 21
2 p.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Hearing on “Cybersecurity: An Examination of the Communications Supply Chain”

Wednesday, May 22
10 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Hearing on “Examining SAMHSA’s Role in Delivering Services to the Severely Mentally Ill”

Wednesday, May 22
10:15 a.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
Reconvening of hearing on the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act, the Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act, and the Federal Facility Accountability Act

Thursday, May 23
10 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Health
Hearing on “Examining Drug Compounding”

 

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