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On the Hill: House to Vote on Health Care Tax Measures

The House this week is scheduled to vote on a series of bills related to health care taxes, including H.R. 184, which would repeal the medical device tax; and H.R. 6311 and H.R. 6199, which would expand health savings accounts and qualified medical expenses..

The House Committee on Ways and Means recently passed the three bills and another that will not be part of the full House vote this week: H.R. 4616, which would postpone for an additional year the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate and the Cadillac tax. It is uncertain when H.R. 4616 will be brought to the House floor.

PAHPA Reauthorization

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, H.R. 6378.

The bill reauthorizes the Hospital Preparedness Program at just less than $265 billion annually in funding for fiscal years 2019 through 2023. It also adds coalitions, state hospital associations, and health systems as eligible entities for partnership awards; allows grantees to use funds for health care surge capacity response activities; and expands the withholding period from one year to two years for failure to reach benchmarks, allowing time to repurpose funds.

Other Committee Activity

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a July 25 markup of multiple health care bills, including the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, S. 2554. The bill would ensure that health insurance issuers and group health plans do not prohibit pharmacy providers from offering enrollees information about the cost of prescriptions.

In addition, the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold multiple health care hearings this week:

The Ways and Means Committee will hold a July 24 hearing on the opioid crisis and  implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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Erin Delaney is the legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.