Recent Congressional hearings focusing on health policy issues include the following:

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on how covered entities use the 340B drug pricing program, ways to address the opioid crisis, FDA’s Expanded Access Program, and HHS’s public health preparedness for and response to the 2017 hurricane season.
  • Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearings on the cost of prescription drugs (focusing on how the drug delivery system affects what patients pay), how healthy choices can improve health outcomes and reduce costs, and the federal response to the opioid crisis.

Coming up, on October 31, 2017, the HELP Committee is holding a hearing on “Implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act: Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology.”