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Federal Health Legislation

This page provides summaries of legislation proposed in the 117th Congress affecting federal health policy. This page will be updated as relevant legislation is introduced.

Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment “TREAT” Act (S. 168 & H.R.708)

  • The legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) on 2/2/2021.  It was introduced in the House by Reps. Bob Latta (R-OH) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) on 2/2/2021.  
  • The bill would provide temporary licensing reciprocity for all practitioners and health professionals for all types of services (in-person and telehealth) during the COVID-19 response and for future national emergencies.

Protecting Access to Post COVID-19 Telehealth Act (H.R.366)

  • The legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and colleagues on the Congressional Telehealth Caucus on 1/19/2021.
  • The bill would allow for the expanded use of telehealth after the Coronavirus public health emergency by eliminating restrictions on telehealth services in Medicare.  These restrictions have been waived during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this piece of legislation is one of several that would make the expanded flexibilities permanent.  

Katherine’s Lung Cancer Early Detection and Survival Act of 2021 (H.R. 238)

  • This legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) on 1/11/2021. It was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • This bill requires private health insurance plans to cover, without cost sharing, screenings for the detection of lung cancer for individuals 40 years of age or older without regard to such individuals' smoking history.

Lung Cancer Screening Registry and Quality Improvement Act of 2021 (H.R. 107) 

  • The legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) on 1/4/2021. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and the Committee on Ways and Means. 
  • The bill aims to provide funds for FY2022-FY2026 for grants to help entities establish free registries and requires registries to be interoperable in order to receive federal funds. The bill also directs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to award grants to support the development of related quality measures for lung cancer screenings.


 

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