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On the Hill: Hearings on HHS Budget, Preparedness

Although Congress will spend most of its energy this week debating continued funding for the Department of Homeland Security, lawmakers will conduct some health care-related business, including House and Senate hearings.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to examine the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget. HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell will testify. America’s Essential Hospitals has posted a comprehensive summary of the health care provisions of the FY 2016 budget request.

Also on Thursday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing to review medical and public health preparedness and response. Witnesses from HHS will testify, including Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, assistant secretary for preparedness and response, and Stephen Redd, MD, director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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