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On the Hill: Health Care Work Continues Amid Partial Shutdown

As the partial government shutdown continues this week, the House plans to advance individual spending bills aimed at reopening portions of the federal government.

It is unclear whether the Senate will take up the bills, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has declined to consider any legislation that does not have the president’s support.

Meanwhile, the House continues to focus attention on health care legislation. Lawmakers this week will consider two pieces of legislation supported by America’s Essential Hospitals that failed to advance in the Senate last year:

  • the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovations Act (PAHPA), which includes the Hospital Preparedness Program; and
  • a bill to extend funding for the “Money Follows the Person” demonstration program, which helps Medicaid beneficiaries transition from institution-based to community-based settings of care.

House Democrats Consider Impact of Texas ACA Ruling

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) last week announced a hearing on the effect of the ruling by a federal district judge in Texas last month to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Pallone is expected to convene the hearing by the end of January.

Medicare-for-All

Democratic leaders in the House have committed to holding committee hearings in the new the Congress to discuss “Medicare-for-All” legislation. The House Rules and Budget committees will examine Medicare-for-All proposals, including legislation expected to be introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The committees have not announced dates for the hearings.

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Erin Delaney is the legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.