Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Energy and Commerce Committee Begins Work on Medicaid

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is gearing up to take on Medicaid reform this year and first votes on changes to the program came this week.

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health voted Tuesday on provisions that would adjust Medicaid eligibility for lottery winners and annuities. The measures, while small, highlight the beginning of an effort by the committee to make broader changes to the Medicaid program, especially the parts changed by the 2010 health care law.

The Energy and Commerce Committee has also held several hearings on the subject of Medicaid, including how to protect its most vulnerable beneficiaries and how to modify oversight.

A key player in health care reform, Secretary of Heath and Human Services nominee Rep. Tom Price, is slated for a confirmation vote before the full Senate later this week. President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, was confirmed Tuesday on a 51-50 vote where Vice President Mike Pence voted to break a tie.

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