A number of Congressional panels have held hearings recently on health care issues, including the following:

  • A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing regarding “Healthcare Associated Infections: A Preventable Epidemic”;
  • A House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing examining the instability of health coverage;
  • A Senate Aging committee hearing entitled “Caring For Our Seniors: How Can We Support Those On The Frontlines?”; and
  • A Senate Finance Committee hearing on Children’s Health Insurance Plan policy.

In addition, three hearings have been scheduled to examine FDA food and drug safety policy.  On April 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the FDA’s foreign drug inspection program, while the Health Subcommittee will meet April 24 to review Chairman Dingell’s draft legislation, the “Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act”.  In addition, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions has scheduled an April 24 hearing entitled “Restoring FDA’s Ability to Keep America’s Families Safe”.