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#SubHealth To Examine Half Dozen Bipartisan Public Health Bills NEXT WEEK

Dec 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA), has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Examining Legislation to Improve Health Care and Treatment.” The subcommittee will continue its efforts to advance critical legislation that will address shortcomings in current law and reauthorize an important nursing training program.

The bills to be discussed are:

H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2015 – Authored by subcommittee Vice Chairman Brett Guthrie (R-KY), this bipartisan legislation would clarify medical liability rules for athletic trainers and medical professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state.

H.R. 1209, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act – Authored by Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D (R-TX), this bipartisan legislation would require the Health Resources and Services Administration to designate maternity care health professional shortage areas and review these designations on an annual basis, at minimum. The Department of Health and Human Services would also be required to collect and publish data on these shortage areas.

H.R. 2713, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act – Authored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), this bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the current Nursing Workforce Development programs to continue nursing education at all levels, and provide additional support for nurses practicing in medically underserved communities.

H.R. 3441, the Accurate Education for Prenatal Screenings Act – Authored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), this bipartisan legislation would direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop, implement, and maintain programs to educate patients as well as health care providers on the purpose of cell-free DNA prenatal screenings, the reasons for such screenings, what conditions may be detected, as well as the risks, benefits, and alternatives to such screenings.

H.R. 4152, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act – Authored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), this legislation would expand immunity from civil liability related to the use of automated external defibrillator devices (AEDs).

H.R. 4153, the Educating to Prevent Eating Disorders Act of 2015 – Authored by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), this bipartisan legislation would establish a pilot program to test the impact of early intervention on the prevention, management, and course of eating disorders.

The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.