House health com­mit­tee lead­ers

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Ways and Means CHAIR Kevin Brady (R-Texas)

Brady would be a leader in GOP ef­forts to re­vamp Medi­care as a pre­mium-sup­port sys­tem. He has said, how­ever, that he in­tends for the pro­cess to be grad­ual, with early Medi­care re­forms tar­get­ing post-acute care.

RANK­ING Richard Neal (D-Mass.)

Neal sig­naled he will pres­sure Re­pub­li­cans to work with Democrats to im­prove the ACA and called it “short­sighted to start anew” with re­peal. He has sup­ported bun­dled pay­ments in Medi­care and has used tax leg­is­la­tion to sup­port ru­ral health­care providers.

HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio)

Tiberi has re­sisted site-neu­tral Medi­care pay­ments and has pro­moted Medi­care Ad­van­tage plans. He will be a key fig­ure if the GOP pushes a pre­mium-sup­port model for Medi­care.

RANK­ING San­der Levin (D-Mich.)

Levin helped pass the ACA in 2010 and will work ag­gres­sively to pro­tect that law and re­sist GOP ef­forts to al­ter Medi­care and Med­i­caid.

En­ergy and Com­merce CHAIR Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

He is con­sid­ered one of the lead­ers in the House’s fight to un­ravel the ACA. As a con­gress­man rep­re­sent­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in Ore­gon, he has backed leg­is­la­tion aimed at im­prov­ing men­tal health and sub­stance abuse ser­vices.

RANK­ING Frank Pal­lone Jr. (D-N.J.)

He led Democrats’ ef­forts to bol­ster Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health fund­ing in the 21st Cen­tury Cures Act and then was a chief backer of the sweep­ing leg­is­la­tion.

HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR Michael Burgess (R-Texas)

Burgess is a physi­cian and strongly sup­ported MACRA to re­place Medi­care’s sus­tain­able growth-rate for­mula for pay­ing physi­cians. He’s now push­ing for more flex­i­bil­ity for physi­cians to com­ply with the new law.

RANK­ING Gene Green (D-Texas)

Green has de­scribed his job as fight­ing “on the front lines against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Bud­get CHAIR Diane Black (R-Tenn.)

Black, a reg­is­tered nurse, has sup­ported leg­is­la­tion aimed at im­prov­ing chronic care man­age­ment and ex­pand­ing tele­health ser­vices.

RANK­ING John Yar­muth (D-Ky.)

He may be a key voice in pro­tect­ing Med­i­caid cov­er­age lev­els as he ar­gues against Ken­tucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s at­tempts to re­shape Ken­tucky’s pro­gram with pro­vi­sions such as a re­quire­ment that ben­e­fi­cia­ries be em­ployed or look­ing for work.

Ap­pro­pri­a­tions CHAIR Rod­ney Frel­inghuy­sen (R-N.J.)

He has called for keep­ing some pop­u­lar as­pects of the ACA, in­clud­ing re­quir­ing in­sur­ance com­pa­nies to cover peo­ple with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and al­low­ing young adults to stay on their par­ents’ in­sur­ance.

RANK­ING Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)

She is ex­pected to fight at­tempts to de­fund Planned Par­ent­hood and work to pro­tect in­sur­ance cov­er­age of women’s health ser­vices.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON LA­BOR, HEALTH AND HU­MAN SER­VICES, ED­U­CA­TION AND RE­LATED AGEN­CIES CHAIR Tom Cole (R-Okla.)

He says health­care costs can be cut with tort re­form and crack­ing down on waste, fraud and abuse, and he’s wary of reg­u­la­tions that may en­croach on per­sonal health choices.

RANK­ING Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

A cancer sur­vivor, DeLauro has cham­pi­oned fund­ing boosts for the NIH, FDA and CDC. She’s an ag­gres­sive de­fender of the ACA.

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