On September 25, 2019, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing entitled “Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable: Legislation to Negotiate a Better Deal for Americans.”  A background memo and text of the bills are available here.  Likewise, a second House panel – the Education and Labor Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee – will consider related drug pricing and transparency legislation on September 26.

In other health policy developments:

  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee held hearings entitled “Profits Over Consumers: Exposing How Pharmaceutical Companies Game the System,” and “Improving Maternal Health: Legislation to Advance Prevention Efforts and Access to Care.”
  • The House Committee on Small Business held a hearing on “Utilization Management: Barriers to Care and Burdens on Small Medical Practice.”
  • On September 25, the House Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing on “Investments in Medical Research at Five Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health.”