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On the Hill: Congress in Recess, Cures and Budget Upon Return

Congress is in recess for the Independence Day holiday and will return July 7.

The biggest news in Washington last week was the Supreme Court’s ruling on King v. Burwell, which determined that lower-income enrollees in the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace can receive federal tax credits to reduce premium costs. Congressional Republicans reaffirmed their commitment to finding legislative ways to undo the law, but have not yet agreed upon a  strategy for doing so.

Prior to adjourning, the House voted 280-140 to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax and 244-154 to repeal its Independent Payment Advisory Board. House supporters of the 21st Century Cures legislation are also hopeful that the chamber will vote on the bill quickly after returning from recess. In committee news, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Examining the Administration’s Approval of Medicaid Demonstration Projects.

In the Senate, the Committee on Finance held an open executive session considering several health bills, including a number related to health care technology.

Both the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees also passed the Labor-HHS Education appropriations bills. The appropriations bills are expected to be considered by both chambers later this month.





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