Health Hearings Abound on Capitol Hill

05/23/2017 - The House of Representatives and the Senate were back in session last week and held several health hearings before the Memorial Day recess.

Senate

  • Senate Finance Committee: The committee held a hearing May 16 on the CHRONIC Act of 2017, which focuses on ways to improve health outcomes for millions of Americans living with chronic illnesses.

The Academy continues to urge that any meaningful health care reform must include implementation of whole-population prevention strategies and specific chronic disease management that includes nutrition counseling and self-care.

House of Representatives

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee: The health subcommittee held a hearing on four bipartisan bills addressing public health.
  • The House Labor, Health and Human Services: The subcommittee on appropriations held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for health research.
  • House Ways and Means Committee: The committee held a hearing on Medicare payment systems and programs that are set to expire by the end of the year.

The Academy works closely with these committees and their staffs, providing research demonstrating the value of nutrition services in prevention and treatment and advocating for coverage of these crucial services throughout the continuum of care.