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Dec 7, 2023
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Full Committee Markup Recap: E&C Advances Bills to Increase Patients’ Access to Health Care

The Energy and Commerce Committee is leading to increase patient access to care and support providers. In a Full Committee markup , E&C advanced solutions to lower the cost of drugs, encourage Medicare innovation, and help equip Americans with the tools they need to make the best health care decisions.  Legislative vote summary: H.R. 5372 ,  Expanding Seniors’ Access to Lower Cost Medicines Act of 2023, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 48 yeas to 0 nays.   H.R. 2880 ,  Protecting Patients Against PBM Abuses Act , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 46 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5393 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure fair assessment of pharmacy performance and quality under Medicare part D, and for other purposes, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 44 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5385 ,  Medicare PBM Accountability Act, was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 44 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5386 ,  Cutting Copays Act, was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 41 yeas to 1 nay.  H.R. 4881 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to limit cost sharing for drugs under the Medicare program, was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 45 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5389 ,  National Coverage Determination Transparency Act , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 46 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 133 ,  Mandating Exclusive Review of Individual Treatments (MERIT) Act , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 42 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5396 ,  Coverage Determination Clarity Act of 2023 , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 44 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5371 ,  Choices for Increased Mobility Act of 2023 , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 41 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5388 ,  Supporting Innovation for Seniors Act , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 43 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5380 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase data transparency for supplemental benefits under Medicare Advantage, was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 43 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 3842 ,  Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2023 , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 44 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5397 ,  Joe Fiandra Access to Home Infusion Act of 2023 , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 46 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5555 ,  DMEPOS Relief Act of 2023 , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a voice vote.  H.R. 2365 ,  National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act, was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 47 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 6545 , Physician Fee Schedule Update and Improvements Act , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 46 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 6364 , Medicare Telehealth Privacy Act of 2023 , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 44 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 1352 , Increasing Access to Biosimilars Act of 2023 , was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 44 yeas to 0 nays. 



Dec 6, 2023
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Full Committee Markup Recap: E&C Advances Bills to Enhance Product Safety, Improve Price Transparency, and Strengthen American Supply Chains

The Energy and Commerce Committee is leading to secure American technological leadership and improve people’s lives. In a Full Committee markup , E&C advanced solutions to enhance product safety, improve the resiliency of America’s supply chains, and bring much needed transparency to the ticketing and lodging industries.  Legislative vote summary:   H.R. 5677 , the 5G Spectrum Authority Licensing Enforcement (5G SALE) Act, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 46 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 6572 , the Deploying American Blockchains Act, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 46 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 6571 ,  Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act , was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 44 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5390 , the  Critical Infrastructure Manufacturing Feasibility Act, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 45 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5398 , the Advancing Tech Startups Act, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 46 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5146 , the Advancing Gig Economy Act, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 27 yeas to 20 nays.  H.R. 3950 , the Transparency In Charges for Key Events Ticketing (TICKET) Act combined with H.R. 6568 , Speculative Ticketing Oversight and Prohibition (STOP) Act, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 45 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 6125 , the Online Dating Safety Act of 2023, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 44 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 6543 , the No Hidden Fees on Extra Expenses for Stays Act, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 43 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 5202 , the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Reauthorization Act, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 40 yeas, 0 nays, and 1 abstention.  H.R. 2964 , the Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety (WIPPES) Act, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 42 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 1797 , the Setting Consumer Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries Act, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 42 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 6132 , the Awning Safety Act of 2023, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 43 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 4310 , the Youth Poisoning Protection Act, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 45 yeas to 0 nays.  H.R. 4814 , the Consumer Safety Technology Act, was reported, as amended, to the Full House by a roll call vote of 45 yeas to 0 nays. 



Dec 5, 2023
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Full Committee Markup Recap: E&C Advances Bills to Unleash Clean, Affordable, Reliable Energy

The Energy and Commerce Committee is leading to restore America’s energy dominance and leadership. In a Full Committee markup , E&C advanced solutions to unlock clean nuclear and hydropower energy, protect our electric grid from harmful regulations and supply chain shortages, and preserve people’s access to affordable housing and home appliances.  As Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said , “ We often take for granted the basic ability to heat our homes, fill up our gas tanks, or hop on a plane and travel across the nation in mere hours. Today’s bills will further unlock American energy and make sure people have an opportunity for a better life and an affordable energy future.”  Legislative vote summary:   H.R. 6544 , the Atomic Energy Advancement Act, was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 47 to 2.  H.R. 5718 , the Nuclear Fuel Security Act of 2023, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 48 to 0.  H.R. 4045 , the Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act, was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 28 to 19.  H.R. 4167 , the Protecting America’s Distribution Transformer Supply Chain Act, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 24 to 22.  H.R. 6192 , the Hands Off Our Home Appliances Act, was reported to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 26 to 20.  H.R. 6185 , the Guaranteeing Reliable Infrastructure Development Act, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 24 to 21.  H.R. 6421 , the Affordable HOMES Act, was forwarded to the Full House, was reported to the Full House by a roll call vote of 24 to 20.  CLICK HERE to watch the markup. 



Dec 1, 2023
Markups

Chair Rodgers Announces Full Committee Markup of 44 Pieces of Legislation

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today announced a Full Committee markup to consider 44 pieces of legislation.  “Since the start of this Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee has played a pivotal role in passing solutions to unleash affordable, reliable American energy, lower health care costs, improve consumer protections, and strengthen our national security by cutting China out of our supply chains. Next week, we will build on this work. I commend all our members for their leadership on solutions that further improve people’s lives and secure America’s global competitive edge.”  WHAT: A Full Committee markup of 44 pieces of legislation.  DATE: Tuesday, December 5, 2023, and subsequent days as necessary    TIME: 2:00 PM ET    LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building    This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The markup will be open to the public and press and will be live streamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the bills being marked up, please contact Jessica Herron with the Subcommittee staff at Jessica.Herron@mail.house.gov. For press related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at Sean.Kelly@mail.house.gov .  The legislation to be considered includes:  H.R. 5677 , 5G Spectrum Authority Licensing Enforcement (5G SALE) Act (Rep. Joyce)  H.R. 6544 , Atomic Energy Advancement Act (Reps. Duncan and DeGette)  H.R. 5718 , Nuclear Fuel Security Act of 2023 (Reps. Latta, Clyburn, Balderson, and Kuster)  H.R. 4167 , Protecting America’s Distribution Transformer Supply Chain Act (Rep. Hudson)  H.R. 6192 , Hands Off Our Home Appliances Act (Rep. Lesko)  H.R. 6185 , Guaranteeing Reliable Infrastructure Development Act (Rep. Duncan)  H.R. 6421 , Affordable HOMES Act (Rep. Bucshon)  H.R. 4045 , Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act (Rep. Rodgers)  H.R. ___ , Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act (Reps. Bucshon and Blunt Rochester)  H.R. ___ , Deploying American Blockchains Act (Reps. Bucshon and Blunt Rochester)  H.R. 5390 , Critical Infrastructure Manufacturing Feasibility Act (Reps. Miller-Meeks, Bucshon, Johnson, Kuster, Schrier, and Spanberger)  H.R. 5398 , Advancing Tech Startups Act (Reps. Johnson and Phillips)  H.R. 5146 , Advancing Gig Economy Act (Reps. Joyce and Pence)  H.R. 3950 , Transparency In Charges for Key Events Ticketing (TICKET) Act (Reps. Bilirakis and Schakowsky)  H.R. ___ , Speculative Ticketing Oversight and Prohibition Act or the STOP Act of 2023 (Reps. Armstrong, Bilirakis, and Schakowsky)  H.R. 6543 , No Hidden Fees on Extra Expenses for Stays Act (Rep. Kim)  H.R. 6125 , Online Dating Safety Act of 2023 (Reps. Valadao and Pettersen)  H.R. 5202 , Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Reauthorization Act , as amended (Reps. Wasserman Schultz, Burgess, Carter, Allred, Castor, Williams, Garcia, Flood, Ross, Bacon, and Gottheimer)  H.R. 2964 , Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety (WIPPES) Act (Reps. McClain and Peltola)  H.R. 1797 , Setting Consumer Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries Act , as amended (Reps. Torres, Garbarino, Clarke, Ryan, Bowman, D'Esposito, Espaillat, and Goldman)  H.R. 6132 , Awning Safety Act of 2023 (Reps. Balderson and Castor)  H.R. 4310 , Youth Poisoning Protection Act (Reps. Trahan, Carey, Porter, and Stewart)  H.R. 4814 , Consumer Safety Technology Act (Reps. Soto, Burgess, Trahan, and Guthrie)  H.R. 2365 , National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act (Reps. Bilirakis and Tonko)  H.R. 5372 , Expanding Seniors’ Access to Lower Cost Medicines Act of 2023 (Reps. Joyce and Peters)   H.R. 2880 , Protecting Patients Against PBM Abuses Act (Reps. Carter and Blunt Rochester)   H.R. 5393 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure fair assessment of pharmacy performance and quality under Medicare part D, and for other purposes (Reps. Griffith and Carter)   H.R. 5385 , Medicare PBM Accountability Act (Reps. Landsman and Harshbarger)  H.R. 5386 , Cutting Copays Act (Reps. McGarvey and Bilirakis)   H.R. 4881 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to limit cost sharing for drugs under the Medicare program. (Reps. Malliotakis and Wenstrup)  H.R. 5389 , National Coverage Determination Transparency Act , as amended (Reps. Guthrie and Kelly)   H.R. 133 , Mandating Exclusive Review of Individual Treatments (MERIT) Act , as amended (Reps. Buchanan and Barragan)  H.R. 5396 , Coverage Determination Clarity Act of 2023 (Rep. Bucshon)   H.R. 5371 , Choices for Increased Mobility Act of 2023 (Reps. Joyce and Phillips)  H.R. 5388 , Supporting Innovation for Seniors Act (Reps. Balderson and Buchanan)  H.R. 5380 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase data transparency for supplemental benefits under Medicare Advantage (Rep. Sarbanes)  H.R. 3842 , Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2023 , as amended (Reps. Schrier, Bilirakis, and Bucshon)  H.R. 5397 , Joe Fiandra Access to Home Infusion Act of 2023 , as amended (Reps. Fitzpatrick, Dunn and Soto)  H.R. 6366 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the work geographic index for physician payments under the Medicare program and to revise the phase-in of clinical laboratory test payment changes under such program (Rep. Hudson)  H.R. 6369 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend incentive payments for participation in eligible alternative payment models (Reps. Schrier and Dunn)  H.R. 5555 , DMEPOS Relief Act of 2023 (Reps. Miller-Meeks and Tonko)  H.R. 6545 , Physician Fee Schedule Update and Improvements Act (Reps. Miller-Meeks, Schrier, Bucshon, Kelly)  H.R. 6364 , Medicare Telehealth Privacy Act of 2023 (Reps. Balderson, Dunn, Schweikert, and Carey)  H.R. 1352 , Increasing Access to Biosimilars Act of 2023 (Rep. Hudson) 



Nov 15, 2023
Blog

Subcommittee Markup Recap: E&C Advances Bills to Improve Patient Access to Care and Support Providers

Washington D.C. — The Energy and Commerce Committee advanced proposals today to help seniors live longer, healthier lives. In a subcommittee markup , the Health Subcommittee forwarded to the Full Committee several pieces of legislation that improve patient access to care and support providers.  As Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said , “We want Medicare to be able to support our loved ones’ access to the best treatment available, whether that be an FDA-approved curative medicine or a cutting-edge technology.”  Health Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) also added , “Beyond lowering drug costs for seniors, we’re also working to enhance their access to services and providers, by making sure that payments to doctors can sustain the independent practice of medicine, and that the rules that determine coverage enhance, not restrict, patient access to the most up-to-date, best technology our health care ecosystem has to offer.” Legislative vote summary:  H.R. 5372 , the Expanding Seniors’ Access to Lower Cost Medicines Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 2880 , the Protecting Patients Against PBM Abuses Act , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 5393 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure fair assessment of pharmacy performance and quality under Medicare part D, and for other purposes , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 5385 , the Medicare PBM Accountability Act , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 5386 , the Cutting Copays Act , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 4881 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to limit cost sharing for drugs under the Medicare program , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 5389 , the National Coverage Determination Transparency Act , was forwarded to the Full Committee, as amended, by a voice vote.  H.R. 133 , the Mandating Exclusive Review of Individual Treatments (MERIT) Act , was forwarded to the Full Committee, as amended, by a voice vote.  H.R. 5396 , the Coverage Determination Clarity Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 5371 , the Choices for Increased Mobility Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 5555 , the DMEPOS Relief Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a roll call vote of 16 Yeas to 12 Nays.  H.R. 1691 , the Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a roll call vote of 21 Yeas to 6 Nays.  H.R. 5388 , the Supporting Innovation for Seniors Act , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 5380 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase data transparency for supplemental benefits under Medicare Advantage , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 3842 , the Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee, as amended, by a voice vote.  H.R. 5397 , the Joe Fiandra Access to Home Infusion Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee, as amended, by a voice vote.  H.R. 6366 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the work geographic index for physician payments under the Medicare program, and to revise the phase-in of clinical laboratory test payment changes under such program , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 6369 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend incentive payments for participation in eligible alternative payment models , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 6371 , the Provider Reimbursement Stability Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 6364 , the Medicare Telehealth Privacy Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 1352 , the Increasing Access to Biosimilars Act of 2023 , was forwarded to the Full Committee by a voice vote. 



Nov 15, 2023
Press Release

Subcommittee Chair Guthrie Opening Remarks at Health Subcommittee Markup of 21 Legislative Proposals to Improve Patient Access to Care and Support Providers

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s subcommittee markup of 21 legislative proposals. “Today’s markup hearing builds off the months long work this subcommittee has done to improve patient access to care by addressing costs, Medicare coverage policies, and provider sustainability.   “In July, we held our first provider focused hearing and recently held another legislative hearing building off what we learned in July. Separately, we held hearings on driving innovation in Medicare.   “Our markup today includes bipartisan legislation that is designed to highlight these three key areas of focus: lowering costs of medicines for patients in Medicare Part D, improving access to innovation through policies focused on improving Medicare coverage processes, and preserving and improving access to care through policies dealing with lab and physician reimbursement issues.   “Many of the bills we’re marking up today will come with a price tag. Some will be small, and others will be substantial. Some will even save the taxpayer and Medicare program money.    “In order to advance legislation through the full committee, and ultimately the House and Senate, it will need to be fully offset. We are actively working to identify bipartisan offsets, and, we will fully offset each of these bills that are considered at the full committee.”  LOWERING COSTS FOR MEDICARE PART D PATIENTS   “Now turning to the bills at hand, in the Part D space we have a number of policies that address high drug costs in a market-driven manner, opposed to other policies moving forward.   “This includes bipartisan legislation from Dr. Joyce and Mr. Peters to help drive biosimilar access and legislation from Mr. Carter to delink PBM compensation from the list price of a drug.   “Additionally, we have legislation to reduce the fees pharmacists pay to PBMs for drugs, long after a sale is made, and to increase transparency and predictability for pharmacists with respect to the quality measures which they are evaluated.    LOWERING DRUG COSTS FOR SENIORS AND MEDICARE PART D RECIPIENTS   “Finally, there’s legislation that will ensure patients aren’t paying more for a drug out of pocket than what their prescription drug plan paid for the drug. This is critical in light of the work GAO did several weeks ago to highlight the high out-of-pocket costs paid by Medicare beneficiaries for highly-rebated drugs under Part D.”  IMPROVING ACCESS TO CARE THROUGH REIMBURSEMENT ISSUES   “Beyond lowering drug costs for seniors, we’re also working to enhance their access to services and providers, by making sure that payments to doctors can sustain the independent practice of medicine, and that the rules that determine coverage enhance, not restrict, patient access to the most up-to-date, best technology our health care ecosystem has to offer.    “Fortunately, we have a number of physicians on both sides of the dais in this subcommittee who can attest to these challenges.   “I want to thank everyone who has shown thought leadership on these issue, like Drs. Buschon, Burgess, Joyce, Dunn, and Miller-Meeks to name a few. And that’s to say nothing of our resident pharmacists, Reps. Carter and Harshbarger, who have helped bring important pharmacy issues to the forefront of this Committee.   “Among the bills being considered today are H.R. 6364 from Representative Balderson that ensures health care providers don’t have to disclose home address as their office address if they are delivering telehealth care from their home, H.R.1352 from Representative Hudson that will test policies on increasing access to biosimilars, H.R. 1691, which would codify the Trump-era MCIT rule and provide automatic Medicare coverage for four years for FDA approved breakthrough technologies, which I know is important to the Ranking Member as well as myself.  “And, we have a number of bills, including my bill, H.R. 5389 the National Coverage Determination Transparency Act.   “In closing, the bills before us today represent reasonable, bipartisan reforms to the Medicare program that will ensure Medicare can meet the evolving needs of beneficiaries and providers.” 



Nov 15, 2023
Press Release

Chair Rodgers Opening Remarks at Health Subcommittee Markup of 21 Legislative Proposals to Improve Patient Access to Care and Support Providers

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s Health Subcommittee markup of 21 legislative proposals. “I’d like to take a moment to thank Dr. Burgess for his two decades of service to the American people and on this Committee. He has been a staple of this subcommittee in particular, and an invaluable voice for patients and doctors alike.    “I know we still have plenty of work to accomplish in the next year and look forward to our continued work together as you run through the tape.   “Today, this Committee is plowing the hard ground on issues critical to the American people.   “We will advance 21 piece of legislation that will make a difference for millions of Americans.  “First, to lower drug costs for seniors and the Medicare program, we will consider legislation that takes a free market approach to sharpen the incentives for Medicare Part D plans and their pharmacy benefit managers.”   INNOVATION FOR SENIORS   “Next, we’ll work to address one of the most pressing issues facing the Medicare program today—how the program covers new and innovative technology.   “We saw this play out with respect to Alzheimer’s-related treatments.   “We want Medicare to be able to support our loved ones’ access to the best treatment available, whether that be an FDA-approved curative medicine or a cutting-edge technology.   “I talked at our last hearing about how central planners will ultimately fail to pick the most efficient price possible to pay health care providers.     “They will also fail us if we leave coverage decisions to them.     “I appreciate the bipartisan work to improve this coverage process and ensure that more seniors have greater access to care.”  PRESERVING PATIENT ACCESS TO PHYSICIANS    “Finally, we will take the next step in the process of addressing how Medicare pays physicians.    “Congress once again finds itself considering how to address Medicare payments to physicians.    “We have spent a lot of time this year talking about ensuring physicians can remain in private practice. A stable and predictable policy environment would give them the certainty to plan financially and make the investments needed to do so.   “That is my goal. To preserve patient access to independent physicians.     “We will consider a short-term extension of a payment policy that prevents cuts to rural physicians while also considering legislation that takes a thoughtful, serious approach to reforming the Medicare physician fee schedule.”  “It has always been the custom of this Committee to use the regular order process to finalize offsets for bills and to iron out technical assistance from federal agencies.   “This Congress has been no exception, and we’ve frequently used hearings and subcommittee markups to advance legislation while identifying areas for further refinement.   “While some bills being considered today still have a way to go, I believe that they’ll be ready by the time they’re included in Full Committee markups.   “I look forward to advancing today’s bills and to reviewing them further in the Full Committee.”



Nov 13, 2023
Press Release

Chairs Rodgers and Guthrie Announce Subcommittee Markup on 21 Legislative Proposals

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) announced a subcommittee hearing on policies to improve patient access to care and support providers. “Our health care sector continues to find new innovative treatments—yet seniors on Medicare can be left without access to the best care. Further, Congress must continue working on proposals that ensure Medicare beneficiaries can receive physician care and laboratory testing services where they live,” said Chairs Rodgers and Guthrie. “This markup takes the next step toward delivering solutions, and we thank our Members for leading on policies that will help seniors lead longer, healthier lives.”  WHAT : A Subcommittee on Health markup of 21 legislative proposals. DATE : Wednesday, November 15, 2023 TIME : 10:00 AM EDT LOCATION : 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live streamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Jolie Brochin with the Committee staff at Jolie.Brochin@mail.house.gov . If you have any press-related questions, please contact Christopher Krepich at Christopher.Krepich@mail.house.gov . Legislative proposals to be considered :  H.R. 5372 , Expanding Seniors’ Access to Lower Cost Medicines Act of 2023 (Reps. Joyce and Peters)  H.R. 2880 , Protecting Patients Against PBM Abuses Act (Reps. Carter and Blunt Rochester)  H.R. 5393 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure fair assessment of pharmacy performance and quality under Medicare part D, and for other purposes (Reps. Griffith and Carter)  H.R. 5385 , Medicare PBM Accountability Act (Reps. Landsman and Harshbarger)  H.R. 5386 , Cutting Copays Act (Reps. McGarvey and Bilirakis)  H.R. 4881 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to limit cost sharing for drugs under the Medicare program. (Reps. Malliotakis and Wenstrup) H.R. 5389 , National Coverage Determination Transparency Act (Reps. Guthrie and Kelly)  H.R. 133 , Mandating Exclusive Review of Individual Treatments (MERIT) Act (Reps. Buchanan and Barragan)  H.R. 5396 , Coverage Determination Clarity Act of 2023 (Rep. Bucshon)  H.R. 5371 , Choices for Increased Mobility Act of 2023 (Reps. Joyce and Phillips)  H.R. 5388 , Supporting Innovation for Seniors Act (Reps. Balderson and Buchanan)  H.R. 5380 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase data transparency for supplemental benefits under Medicare Advantage (Rep. Sarbanes)  H.R. 3842 , Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2023 (Reps. Schrier, Bilirakis, and Bucshon)  H.R. 5397 , Joe Fiandra Access to Home Infusion Act of 2023 (Reps. Fitzpatrick, Dunn, and Soto)  H.R. 6366 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the work geographic index for physician payments under the Medicare program, and to revise the phase-in of clinical laboratory test payment changes under such program (Rep. Hudson)  H.R. 6369 , To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend incentive payments for participation in eligible alternative payment models (Reps. Schrier and Dunn)  H.R. 5555 , DMEPOS Relief Act of 2023 (Reps. Miller-Meeks and Tonko)  H.R. 6371 , Provider Reimbursement Stability Act of 2023  (Reps. Murphy, Burgess, Kelly, Wenstrup, Buschon, Van Drew, Miller-Meeks, Harris, Babin, Joyce, Jackson, McCormick, Ferguson, Dunn, and Carter)  H.R. 6364 , Medicare Telehealth Privacy Act of 2023 (Reps. Balderson, Dunn, Schweikert, Carey, and Johnson)  H.R. 1352 , Increasing Access to Biosimilars Act of 2023 (Rep. Hudson)  H.R. 1691 , Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act of 2023 (Reps. Wenstrup, Bilirakis, Cardenas, Guthrie, and Eshoo) 



Subcommittee Chair Bilirakis Opening Remarks at IDC Markup to Enhance Product Safety, Transparency, Supply Chains, and American Tech Leadership

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Bilirakis (R-FL) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s Subcommittee markup of 16 bills to promote transparent, safe business practices, honest event ticket pricing, and protections from online harms.  “The proposals on today’s agenda represent a range of work that this subcommittee has within its jurisdiction.  “These proposals focus on the safety and transparency of consumer products and services that our constituents rely on every day.     “I want to thank all of the bill sponsors with legislation on our agenda today for their hard work in getting to this point of the legislative process.   “These proposals will help save lives and protect consumers from dangerous products, provide price transparency regarding event tickets and lodging accommodation fees, disclose important information to consumers related to product claims, and raise awareness about the tools needed to get their vehicles repaired.”  PROTECTING AMERICANS FROM UNEXPECTED FEES   “I am particularly excited to be voting on the TICKET Act, a bipartisan bill that I have sponsored along with my colleague and friend, Ranking Member Schakowsky. The TICKET Act will bring upfront price transparency to consumers as it relates to event tickets.    “Live events have long been plagued by annoying hidden fees at the end of the checkout transaction—I’m glad that the industry has recognized the need to change this process to bring more transparency to the market about the true price of a ticket.   “In our legislative hearing we also heard about the consumer harms relating to speculative ticketing, which is why we are continuing to work in a bipartisan way to address this issue. I’m thankful for the partnership with Ranking Member Schakowsky on this initiative and remain hopeful we will get to a bipartisan agreement that protects fans from bad actors and provides certainty in the market. Today represents another step forward on that front as we continue to build support for full committee consideration.    “Another bill we are marking up today is the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Reauthorization Act. I want to thank Dr. Burgess and Rep. Wasserman Schultz for their bipartisan work to reauthorize this CPSC grant program to state and local governments for safer swimming facilities, community education, and pool safety enforcement requirements.”  BOLSTERING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAINS   “Rep. Curtis also has legislation before us, H.R. 5556 the Reinforcing American-Made Products Act, which has a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate. This commonsense bill will ensure that we have one national standard for ‘Made in USA’ labels on American products, which provides certainty for businesses, manufacturers, and consumers alike, ensuring we keep our incentives for companies to make their products here at home.    “There are many other great proposals on the markup. Dr. Bucshon has been endeavoring to find a bipartisan path on supply chain management that follows a regular process that was subverted last Congress by the Democratic leadership.   “Rep. Miller-Meeks bipartisan bill focuses on critical infrastructure manufacturing feasibility, while my friend Bill Johnson is working on advancing tech startups around the country and Dr. Joyce has his legislation to better understand and promote the gig economy. We are additionally able to provide significant consumer protections in place through bipartisan efforts to provide better safeguards against lithium-ion batteries, patio awnings, flushable wipes, and high concentration sodium nitrite.   “Lastly, I’m glad we are able to advance Rep. Young Kim’s draft measure to provide upfront fee transparency within the hotel and lodging industry, which I know has received significant interest from both sides of the aisle.   “I look forward to considering all of these measures today, and to having a constructive conversation that if we cannot resolve any differences here, that we will continue to work towards consensus beyond today and do the necessary work before full committee consideration.”