The House Committee on Energy and Commerce to Markup Legislation Including CHC Funding on Thursday, July 10th, 10 AM EST

The Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee will hold a markup on Thursday, July 11, at 10 am. The Subcommittee will markup ten bills which include Community Health Center (CHC) funding, lower Americans’ health care, and prescription drug costs. In particular, the Subcommittee will consider Community Health, Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act of 2019 (HR 2328) which would reauthorize and extend funding for the Community Health Center Fund and the National Health Service Corps. View the live stream, Thursday, July 10th, 10 AM EST.

An Amendment In the Nature of Substitute (AINS) is expected to be offered to H.R. 2328, which, in addition to four-year extensions of the CHC Fund at $4 billion annually and National Health Service Corps at $310 million annually, includes four-year extensions of the following programs: $126.5 million annually in funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, $150 million annually each for the Special Diabetes Program and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, $6 million annually for Family to Family Health Information Centers, $75 million annually for the Personal Responsibility Education Program, and $75 million annually for the Sexual Risk Avoidance Program.

The AINS will also include three-year extensions of certain expiring Medicare programs.

Additionally, the AINS will include two bills that passed the House in the 115th Congress: H.R. 2371, the “Hearts Act,” introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Drew Ferguson (R-GA), and H.R. 2293, the “Protecting Access to Wheelchairs Act”, introduced by Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

An amendment to the AINS is expected to be offered that would eliminate the allotment reductions for Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals for FY 2020 and 2021 and would reduce the reduction from $8 billion to $4 billion in FY 2022.

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