House health committee leaders
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.