As reported by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House passed several bipartisan health-related bills this week:
- The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (R. 1676), which would direct HHS to award grants to improve the training of palliative-care health professionals, increase awareness about the benefits and services of palliative care, and enhance research on palliative care through leveraging existing authorities and funds at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- The Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018 (R. 5385), which would reauthorize the Children’s Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program for five years.
- The National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act (R. 2345), which would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in consultation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to study and report on the feasibility of designating an N11 dialing code to be used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. See House Passes Bipartisan Broadband, Public Safety Bills (Energy & Commerce Committee, 7/23/18).