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The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of medical devices -- which include such things as hip replacements and pacemakers, devices frequently found in use by seniors -- would be dramatically loosened by Republican-backed legislation swiftly moving through Congress, well below the radar of many of the patients who rely on such products.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) late this past week unveiled the Senate's health care bill. Similar to the House bill, it would effectively eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion in 31 states and the District of Columbia, leaving millions of low-income adults uninsured.
The measure aims to help seniors avoid late enrollment fees and penalties by clarifying and streamlining the Medicare Part B enrollment process.
Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are moving ahead on a probe into the recent expansion of a federal drug pricing program that offers discounts to hospitals and other healthcare service providers.
Some 75 national organizations -- including the AFL-CIO, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Consumers Union, Families USA, Justice in Aging, Medicare Rights Center, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, National Council on Aging, and The Arc of the United States -- have fired off a sharply worded letter to the Senate leadership voicing staunch opposition to the House-passed bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at strengthening anti-discrimination protections for older workers. Dubbed the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, the measure is a companion to a Senate bill of the same name introduced by Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
As the Senate awaits the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act passed by the House, which is expected next Wednesday afternoon, various groups of Senators have been meeting to discuss the bill.
The Senate Aging Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 17, titled, “Aging with Community: Building Connections that Last a Lifetime.” The hearing will examine age-friendly initiatives across the country.
The leadership of the Senate Special Committee on Aging is pushing new legislation aimed at making it easier for grandparents to raise grandchildren in cases involving children’s parents who are addicted to opiods. Committee Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) have introduced proposed legislation, dubbed the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, that would create a federal task force charged with supporting grandparents raising grandchildren.
Republican leaders in the Senate are already expressing serious skepticism about the recently passed House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. Obamacare. In fact, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee -- the committee with the highest degree of authority over such legislation – made clear to reporters this past week, “We're writing a Senate bill and not passing the House bill."
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