House Energy and Commerce Committee approves five public health bills
“Today’s votes mark our 10th full committee markup this Congress, and with over 100 hearings on the books, we have advanced more than three-dozen bills through the House," Fred Upton (R–MI), full committee chair, said. "The Energy and Commerce Committee has built a proud record of bipartisan success, and we look to continue our momentum with five more bills to boost public health.”
Bills approved by the committee were the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which would prohibit the manufacture of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads; the Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act, which would make it legal for physicians to transport and administer controlled substances to patients at other practice settings and disaster areas with the approval of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA); the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015, which addresses menu-labeling requirements; the Ensuring Terminated Providers Are Removed from Medicaid and CHIP Act; and the Medicaid Directory of Caregivers Act, which would mandate that all state Medicaid programs offer fee-for-service and primary care case management programs.
“These commonsense bipartisan bills will help make our health care system better serve patients while keeping the costs controlled,” Health Subcommittee Chairman Joseph Pitts (R–PA) said.
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