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Health Subcommittee to Markup Legislation on Tobacco, Maternal Mortality, and FDA Citizen Petitions

Nov 8, 2019
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced today that the Health Subcommittee will hold a markup on Wednesday, November 13, at 10 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  

“Next week the Health Subcommittee will continue its ongoing work to improve public health and maternal care, and expand access to generic drugs,” Pallone and Eshoo said.  “We look forward to marking up legislation that will address the youth tobacco epidemic, improve quality of maternity care in America, and close loopholes in the citizen petition process that block more affordable generic drugs from coming to market.”

The Health Subcommittee will consider:

H.R.2339, the “Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act,” introduced by Pallone and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL).  The legislation prohibits flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, increases the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, bans all non-face-to-face sales for tobacco products, and protects kids from the marketing of tobacco products.

H.R. 4995, the “Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2019,” introduced by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), Bob Latta (R-OH), Alma Adams (D-NC), and Steve Stivers (R-OH).  The legislation creates new programs in the Public Health Service Act to improve on maternal health, including programs to strengthen maternal health quality and access to care in rural areas, programs to address racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes, and grants to implement best practices in maternal health care and strengthen training programs.

H.R.4996, the Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act of 2019, or the Helping MOMS Act, introduced by Reps. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Buddy Carter (R-GA).  The legislation would create a new state plan option to extend continuous Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) eligibility for one year postpartum.  It would also require the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to issue a report on access to doula care in Medicaid.

H.R.2387, the “Stop The Overuse of Petitions and Get Affordable Medicines to Enter Soon (STOP GAMES) Act,” introduced by Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI) and Francis Rooney (R-FL).  The legislation would help address abuses of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) citizen petition process that may delay more affordable generic prescription drugs from coming to market.

Information for this markup, including the Committee Memorandum, electronic copies of the legislation and any amendments, and a link to the live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.