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On the Hill: Budget Stalemate, Opioids, Disparities

This week both the House and Senate are in recess after a busy week that concluded without passage of the long-anticipated House bipartisan budget agreement. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was unable to garner enough support from conservative Republicans seeking to cut $30 billion from the proposal; lawmakers headed home without a resolution.

On the health care front, last Wednesday the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a multiday markup passing a dozen opioid-related bills. Committee Democrats also hosted a forum examining health care disparities, including panels on access, research and the health care workforce. In the Senate, the Committee on Finance held a hearing reviewing mental health in America.

Next week, when the House and Senate resume legislative business, the Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing titled, “Can Evidence Based Practices Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Individuals and Families?”

Earlier this week, staff for the House Energy and Commerce majority told association staff that the committee’s goal is to conclude work on 21st Century Cures, mental health legislation, and opioids before the August recess.

 

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Jocelyn Wiles is the manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.