House committees last week began marking up portions of the forthcoming “human infrastructure” reconciliation package. Democratic leaders are using the budget reconciliation process to pass this new legislation, which is expected to include many of President Joe Biden’s social and health care priorities.
Of note for essential hospitals, the House committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce are slated to meet this week to work on their respective sections. Health care priorities, including expanding health coverage and lowering prescription drug prices, are likely to take center stage in these discussions.
America’s Essential Hospitals has urged lawmakers to include funding for critical workforce and hospital infrastructure needs and to preserve the 340B Drug Pricing Program in the context of prescription drug pricing reforms.
Government Relations Call
The association’s government relations call was on hiatus during Congress’ August recess. These calls will resume Sept. 9, at 2 pm ET.
Fall Policy Assembly
America’s Essential Hospitals invites you to join us online Oct. 19–20 for our Fall Policy Assembly. Participants will gain insights on the outlook for essential hospital advocacy priorities and the legislative and political landscape on Capitol Hill. Register today!