The House has abandoned plans to vote on a bill to extend the continuing resolution (CR), which would keep the government funded through mid-December, as more than 20 House Republicans refused to support the bill. Those against the bill are supporting a resolution sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) that would fund the government at lower levels than current spending and delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until 2015. The current CR expires Sept. 30.
This week the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing featuring witness Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, which is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Cohen will discuss CMS’ preparedness for the start of the health insurance marketplaces (exchanges), as well as further ACA implementation. The House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs will hold a hearing on the ACA’s impact on state government. And the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law will hold a hearing on the ACA’s impact on consolidation and competition in health care.