Last week the House passed a bill exempting expatriate health plans from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill had been brought up earlier in the spring but failed to gain the two-thirds majority in favor after some House Democrats criticized the bill, arguing that it created a loophole in the ACA. The House reconsidered and passed the bill this time under a simple majority.
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing titled PPACA Enrollment and the Insurance Industry to hear from insurers on the status of enrollment and the health insurance marketplaces (exchanges) under the ACA.
On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold the first confirmation hearing for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who is nominated for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The HELP Committee will not vote on Burwell’s nomination. Instead the Senate Finance Committee will vote after its confirmation hearing to send the nomination to the Senate floor. While Republicans will use these hearings as an opportunity to criticize the ACA, Burwell is expected to be confirmed.