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On the Hill: Continuing Resolution, Wakefield Act, Health Insurance and Innovation

This week the House will work on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government up and running beyond Oct. 1, allowing members of Congress to head home without returning to Washington until after the Nov. 4 elections. It is unclear whether any policy items would be attached to the CR.

Congress is also considering a modified version of a bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) that would allow group health insurance issuers to continue offering until 2018  plans that were sold in 2013 and are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Also under consideration is the Wakefield Act, which would extend the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program through 2019.

In committee business, House Energy and Commerce Republicans sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell requesting information about federal spending for state-run health insurance marketplaces (exchanges). The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing this morning and will hold a roundtable discussion tomorrow, Sept. 10, both on the development of cures and treatments to ensure the United States remains a leader in medical innovation.

The House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing Wednesday on implementation and oversight of the Affordable Care Act.

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