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Lawsuit's First Step 

By Sophie Novack and Sam Baker

 

IT BEGINS: The House is set to take the first step today toward its lawsuit against President Obama and the Treasury Department, with a Rules Committee hearing about the suit. The House is planning to challenge delays in Obamacare's employer mandate, and the outcome of tomorrow's hearing is already a sure thing: Republicans will vote to advance a motion authorizing the lawsuit, which will likely hit the House floor next week, where it will also pass. This lawsuit is going forward -- but its odds in court remain long.

Top Health Care News

CBO REDUCES HEALTH SPENDING PROJECTION: In its annual 25-year budget outlook, the Congressional Budget Office revised its projection for federal spending on health programs downward by one-tenth of a percentage point, now saying it will be 8 percent of gross domestic product by 2039. (David S. Joachim, New York Times)

  • "We don't know what the hell is going on," economist Uwe Reinhardt said at the Altarum Symposium on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending. (Margot Sanger-Katz, New York Times)

SENATE REPUBLICANS TO OFFER HOBBY LOBBY RESPONSE BILL: The legislation would ensure that employers cannot block workers from obtaining contraception. The Senate will hold a procedural vote Wednesday on the Democrats' bill, which would prevent private companies from denying contraception in their health plans. (Ramsey Cox, The Hill)

 

Reproductive Health

CRUZ: SENATE DEMS' ABORTION BILL IS THE REAL 'WAR ON WOMEN': The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Women's Health Protection Act, which would outlaw many state restrictions on abortions that the bill's supporters say are medically unnecessary and limit women's constitutional right to abortion services. The hearing was a demonstration of 'war on women' finger-pointing, with Republicans shifting the blame back on Democrats for trying to limit regulations that they say promote women's health and safety. (Sophie Novack, National Journal)

MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATION FILED IN RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT 'BUFFER ZONE' DECISION: Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, along with state and legislative leaders, drafted An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities in response to the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down a state law requiring a 35-foot protest buffer zone around abortion clinics. The bill's supporters say their response takes a narrowly tailored approach to address public safety concerns, while meeting the legal standards in the Court's opinion.

RHODE ISLAND ACCIDENTALLY DECRIMINALIZED INDOOR PROSTITUTION IN 2003: And there is evidence it caused a steep decline in forcible rape offenses and the incidence of gonorrhea between 2004 and 2009, according to a paper published in the National Bureau of Economic Research. (Adrianna McIntyre, Vox)

Medicaid

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST NEW YORK MEDICAID HOME CARE CUTS: "It represents a challenge to an ambitious Medicaid overhaul by Gov.Andrew M. Cuomo that shifted $6 billion in public spending on long-term services, including home care, to private managed care companies that are paid a fixed sum for each enrollee…The lawsuit, filed against the state commissioners of the Department of Health and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, [charges] that the state is now allowing companies to quietly reduce or terminate home care to people whose need for services has not changed, without giving them a meaningful chance to object." (Nina Bernstein, New York Times)

 

Illness

JAILS ARE BECOMING ACCIDENTAL MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT CENTERS: Jails are not well suited to deal with the high rates of mental illness among new inmates. (Adam Geller, Associated Press)

NEW RESEARCH MAY INCREASE UNDERSTANDING OF ALZHEIMER'S: Scientists at the Mayo Clinic will present research today on a possible new link between an abnormal protein in the brain and the onset of Alzheimer's disease, at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen. (Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post)

NOVARTIS AND GOOGLE TEAM UP ON CONTACT LENSES: The eyewear will monitor blood sugar for diabetics. (Andrew Morse, Wall Street Journal)

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Regulation

YOUR SUNSCREEN IS REALLY OUT OF DATE. HERE'S WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING ABOUT IT: New sunscreen ingredients used in other countries for over a decade have been backlogged waiting for FDA approval for over 12 years. The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced The Sunscreen Innovation Act Tuesday to change that. (Sophie Novack, National Journal)

Other bipartisan health bills advanced by voice vote in the E&C Committee Tuesday include the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, the Sudden Unexpected Death and Data Enhancement and Awareness Act, and the Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance and Education Amendments of 2014.

Smoking

TWO OF THE BIGGEST U.S. TOBACCO COMPANIES MERGE: "With its $27.4 billion deal to buy its smaller tobacco rival Lorillard, Reynolds American is betting that the acquisition is the best way to combat not only its bigger rival, the Altria Group, but also the steady decline of smokers that has been weighing down the industry." (Michael J. De La Merced and Chad Bray, New York Times)

E-CIGARETTE COMPANIES RACE TO DEVELOP NEW FLAVORS: More than 7,000 flavors are currently available, and nearly 250 more are being introduced every month, according to one estimate. (Matt Richtel, New York Times)

LAWMAKERS WANT MILITARY MEMBERS TO STOP SMOKING: Sens. Dick Durbin and Thad Cochran introduced an amendment in the Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Defense bill Tuesday that would eliminate price discounting for tobacco products sold at commissaries and exchanges. The amendment seeks to encourage the disproportionately high number of military service members who smoke to quit or refrain from starting, and improve military readiness while reducing health care costs.

Studies and Reports

A survey from the Robin Wood Johnson Foundation finds that as of June 2014, 60 percent of the nation's uninsured residents live in states that did not expand Medicaid under the ACA, up from 49.7 percent in September 2013.

A survey from HealthPocket shows changes to out-of-pocket costs in 2015 ACA rate filings.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that stroke rates are declining.

Happening Today

We're monitoring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for a decision on Halbig v. Sebelius, which could come any day now. The lawsuit challenges the legality of government subsidies for ACA plans on the federal marketplace, and if successful, could have a devastating effect on the health care law. The D.C. court has been known to release decisions on Tuesdays and Fridays between 10 and 11 a.m.

House Rules Committee hearing on authorizing Boehner's lawsuit against Obama for his delays of the employer mandate, at 10 a.m.

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the "State of VA Health Care," at 10 a.m.

House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing evaluating private sector care best practices and the VA health system, at 10 a.m.

House E&C Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on the CDC anthrax incident last month, with CDC Director Tom Frieden testifying at 10 a.m. But Frieden is sure to be questioned on a series of recently revealed safety lapses dealing with the handling of deadly pathogens over the last decade: a report released by the CDC Friday, and a second set of findings disclosed Monday in a congressional committee's summary of a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

House Budget Committee hearing on the long-term budget outlook, with Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas W. Elmendorf testifying at 10 a.m.

House E&C Health Subcommittee hearing on problems with the ACA's eligibility verification system at 10:15 a.m.

The Senate will consider its bill to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision, the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014, and hold a procedural vote to advance the legislation at 2:10 p.m.

Fifteen hospital leaders from Ascension -- the largest nonprofit health care system, which operates in 23 states and D.C. -- will meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill today to advocate for the 340B Drug Pricing Program, to help safety-net providers afford expensive drugs. This is part of the Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access Lobby Day, in which leaders from across the country are in D.C. to oppose any roll back of the 340B program.

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