House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) gave the opening statement for a recent Washington, D.C.-based legislation markup session convened for the purpose of improving Medicare options and increasing welfare solutions.
Noting that the committee would consider five measures total, he summarized the content of three bipartisan health care bills topping the list followed by two Human Resources Subcommittee matters, a committee release about the Sept. 13 session said.
“First up is HR 3726, the Stark Administrative Simplification Act ... to modernize Medicare’s physician self-referral laws,” Brady said in the release. The measure would establish a way for medical practitioners to report and resolve technical glitches and streamline paperwork.
Secondly, Brady referred to HR 3727, designed to expand tele-health service access for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries. “This common-sense legislation will improve patient outcomes, increase efficiency for providers, and reduce health care costs for beneficiaries and taxpayers,” he said in the release.
In a third measure, Brady indicated the purpose of HR 3729, the Comprehensive Operations, Sustainability and Transport Act, as being to support Medicare’s ground ambulance operations.
“We’ll consider HR 2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act … (eauthorizing) the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program,” Brady said in the release.
“Our final bill today is HR 2792, the Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act,” Brady said in the release, explaining that the fifth measure would forbid SSI (supplemental security income) payment to anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony or parole violation.
Brady thanked members “on both sides of the aisle” for the bipartisan nature of the legislation under consideration. “These are important priorities for our committee and the American people,” he concluded. “I hope all five of these bills receive the bipartisan support they deserve.”