Health

The Subcommittee on Health handles legislation and oversight related to Medicare, which provides health care to almost 60 million Americans over 65 years old as well as to those with disabilities. The subcommittee also oversees the Medicare Trust Fund and the financial health of the system. Additionally, the subcommittee is involved in payment to hospitals, nursing facilities, outpatient departments, hospices, surgery centers, physicians, and other health care providers delivering care to Medicare beneficiaries, as well as patient out-of-pocket costs and benefits coverage. As Medicare is the largest federal support for medical resident training, the subcommittee also plays an important role in financing the training of America’s next physicians.

The subcommittee oversees the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs, which are private insurance programs administered by Medicare that provide health care coverage and drug coverage to Medicare beneficiaries. Additional subcommittee responsibilities include program oversight, including addressing improper payments, fraud and abuse, self-referral laws, and program integrity. The subcommittee aims to develop policies that best use the tax payer dollars to transform our health care system to pay for value and not just volume of health care services, including important innovation and delivery reform models like Accountable Care Organizations.

The subcommittee works to improve consumer protections within Medicare, including improving the enrollment process, monitoring access to health services, addressing issues faced by low-income beneficiaries in the Medicare Savings Programs, and examining health and safety conditions of participation for providers that serve patients.

In addition, the subcommittee handles legislation and oversight of the Affordable Care Act, in particular the tax credits that help consumers afford coverage as well as the associated provisions of health tax laws.

 

 

Recent Activity

Mar 5, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the three Democratic leaders of the Committees with jurisdiction over health care introduced a comprehensive bill that would improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces by making health care more affordable and by reversing the harmful Trump Administration actions that have sabotaged the ACA.

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Bill Summary:  H.R. 5083, the Expanding Access to Evidence-Based Opioid Treatment for Seniors Act, would allow Medicare beneficiaries suffering from opioid use disorders to access treatment at opioid treatment programs (OTPs), which provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Feb 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), along with Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Levin (D-MI) and Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) today sent Requests for Information (RFIs) to key stakeholders on ways to prevent and treat opioid abuse and dependence in the Medicare program.

Feb 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.

Feb 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced a bill to expand access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorders for Medicare beneficiaries.  

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Ranking Member

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Sander Levin
Michigan ~ 09

Democratic Members

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Mike Thompson
California ~ 05
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Ron Kind
Wisconsin ~ 03
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Earl Blumenauer
Oregon ~ 03
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Brian Higgins
New York ~ 26
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Terri Sewell
Alabama ~ 07
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Judy Chu
California ~ 27