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On the Hill: Leaked GOP Plan; Verma CMS Nomination

Over last week’s congressional recess, leaked legislative text surfaced for an alleged Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill.

The text, dated Feb. 10, offered slightly more liberal policy proposals than a legislative blueprint leaked a week earlier. However, there is speculation that this looser text is what led GOP leadership to tighten their positions in the more recently dated blueprint. America’s Essential Hospitals issued an Action Update summarizing details of the leaked legislative text.

In committee business, the Senate Committee on Finance on Wednesday will vote to confirm Seema Verma as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator. Thursday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on drug user fees.

Meanwhile, lawmakers this week return to Washington to continue legislative business following a week-long congressional recess filled with contentious town hall meetings and angry constituents across the country. GOP members of the House and Senate faced tough crowds back home and direct questions about the future of health care in America.

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