Social Determinants and Health Disparities Legislation

Social Determinants Accelerator Act

Aligning for Health has been active in advocating for key legislative solutions to address social determinants, including through the introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (H.R. 4004/S.2986).

Aligning for Health is proud to support the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in the House (H.R. 4004) by Reps. Bustos (D-IL), Cole (R-OK), McGovern (D-MA), and McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and in the Senate (S. 2986) by Sens. Young (R-IN) and Stabenow (D-MI).

The Social Determinants Accelerator Act will help states and communities devise strategies to better leverage existing programs and authorities to improve the health and well-being of those participating in Medicaid by creating an inter-agency social determinants council and providing planning grants and technical assistance to state, local and Tribal governments to help them devise innovative, evidence-based approaches to coordinate services and improve outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

Aligning for Health is proud to support the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities (LINC) to Address Social Needs Act, soon to be introduced in Congress by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).

The LINC to Address Social Needs Act would assist States in establishing statewide or regional public-private partnerships to better coordinate health care and social services, leveraging local expertise and technology to overcome longstanding challenges in linking people to health, food, housing, child development, job training, and transportation supports and services.

Senate Finance Committee Response on Health Disparities

  • On July 8th, 2020, Aligning for Health sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chair Grassley (R-IA) in response to a request for input on steps the Committee can take to address health disparities.
  • AFH strongly supports the Committee’s efforts to assess and discuss what actionable steps Congress can take to improve access to, and the coordination of, public health, health care, and social services both during and after the public health emergency subsides.
  • AFH noted that the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (S. 2986/H.R. 4004) is a bipartisan, bicameral proposal that has been referred for consideration by the Senate Finance Committee and if passed, would take important steps toward improving the health of families on Medicaid by helping to address their social needs.

Senate HELP Response on Preparing for the Next Pandemic

  • On June 26th 2020, Aligning for Health sent a letter to Senate HELP Committee Chair Alexander (R-TN) in response to a request for information on  recommendations for creating a system of health care resiliency and preparing for the next pandemic.
  • AFH recommended strengthening medical and social care alignment, noting that social service networks are generally not connected to the health care system in a sustainable way.  Congress should take advantage of this moment to catalyze a large-scale effort to build community-based infrastructure that will efficiently allow health and social providers to collaborate while maintaining accountability among entities for better health outcomes.
  • AFH recommended that Congress take up consideration of a proposal to help states develop community integration networks. AFH described the need to provide seed funding to states to develop and launch community integration networks built around a lead entity and which connect payers, providers, community based organizations, and state agencies.

Senate Finance Committee Response on Maternal Health

  • On March 20, 2020, Aligning for Health sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee in response to a request for information on solutions to improve maternal health.
  • In its letter, AFH noted that the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (S. 2986/H.R. 4004) would provide funding for states and localities to design and tailor approaches and strategies that meet their residents’ needs, which could be focused on efforts to improve maternal health.

Ways and Means Response on Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force

  • On November 27, 2019, Aligning for Health sent a letter to the Ways and Means Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force in response to a request for information on November 15, 2019. In response to the RFI, AFH described barriers that impede coordination between health and social service programs, and the lack of comprehensive evidence around interventions focused on the social determinants of health, which limits the replicability or scaling of successful interventions.

The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 Letter of Support

Aligning for Health is proud to endorse the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 introduced by Rep. Barragan (D-CA), which would authorize the CDC to create a program to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities by coordinating CDC social determinants of health activities and improve the capacity of public health agencies and community organizations to address social determinants of health.

 

CARING Act Letter of Support

Aligning for Health thanks Representatives Blunt Rochester (D-NY) and Bilirakis (R-FL) for introducing the Collecting and Analyzing Resources Integral and Necessary for Guidance (CARING) for Social Determinants Act of 2019. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide guidance for states to address social determinants of health under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This is an important bipartisan step in the right direction to help states address social determinants of health.

UNDERSTAND ACT Letter of Support

Aligning for Health is proud to support the introduction of S. 1323, the Utilizing National Data, Effectively Reforming Standards and Tools, to Address Negative Determinants of Health (UNDERSTAND) Act, which would improve the collection of data related to the social determinants of health for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

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Other Social Determinants Legislation

Here is a full list, updated regularly, of other pieces of legislation related to social determinants, health disparities, and health equity.

To see a full list of the legislation related to social determinants, health disparities, and health equity from the 116th Congress, click here.

House of Representatives

H.R. 56 – Patient Access to Medical Foods Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Biggs (R-AZ), this bill would amend the Orphan Drug Act with respect to the definition of medical food and expand access to these products, including to Medicare Part D and TRICARE patients.

H.R. 159 – Community Parks Revitalization Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Sires (D-NJ), this bill would authorize the Secretary of HUD to establish a program enabling communities to better leverage resources to address health, economic development, and conservation concerns through needed investments in parks, recreational areas, facilities, and programs.

H.R. 321 – FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Rep. Thompson (D-CA) and 30 cosponsors, this bill would authorize the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve state, local, and Indian tribal government plans to partner with small and mid-size restaurants and nonprofit organizations to provide nutritious meals to individuals in need, and to waive certain matching fund requirements.

H.R. 379 – Improving Social Determinants of Health Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Barragan (D-CA) and 30 cosponsors, this bill would authorize the Director of the CDC to carry out a Social Determinants of Health Program to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities by coordinating CDC social determinants of health activities, and would improve capacity of public health agencies and community organizations to address social determinants of health.

H.R. 433 – Family Support Services for Addiction Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Reps. Trone (D-MD) and Meuser (R-PA), this bill would establish a grant program for family community organizations that provide support for individuals struggling with substance use disorder and their families.

H.R. 876 – Improving Housing Incomes for Veterans Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Reps. Gonzalez (R-OH), Rice (D-NY), Joyce (R-OH), Johnson (R-OH) and Fitzpatrick (R-PA), this bill would direct the Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide certain information to Department of Veterans Affairs medical center staff and homelessness service providers regarding the Coordinated Entry program.

H.R. 943 – Social Determinants for Moms Act

  • Introduced by Reps. McBath (D-GA) and 33 cosponsors, this bill would address social determinants of maternal health with respect to pregnant and postpartum individuals.

H.R. 1257 – Homeless Veterans Credit Repair, Enhancement, and Debt Improvement for Tomorrow (CREDIT) Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Pallone (D-NJ), this bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the effect of financial and credit counseling for homeless veterans and veterans experiencing housing instability.

H.R. 1368 – Mental Health Justice Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Porter (D-CA) and 57 cosponsors, this bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to States and political subdivisions of States to hire, employ, train, and dispatch mental health professionals to respond in lieu of law enforcement officers in emergencies involving one or more persons with a mental illness or an intellectual or developmental disability.

H.R. 1706

  • Introduced by Reps. Pressley (D-MA), Waters (D-CA), Tlaib (D-MI), Neguse (D-CO), and Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), this bill would provide emergency homelessness assistance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate

S.19 – FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Sen. Scott (R-SC) and eight cosponsors, this bill would authorize the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve state, local, and Indian tribal government plans to partner with small and mid-size restaurants and nonprofit organizations to provide nutritious meals to individuals in need, and to waive certain matching fund requirements.

S. 104 – Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2021*

  • Introduced by Sens. Smith (D-MN), Murphy (D-CT), Brown (D-OH), Baldwin (D-WI), Wyden (D-OR), Durbin (D-IL), Whitehouse (D-RI), Klobuchar (D-MN), and Blumenthal (D-CT) this bill would authorize the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out a Social Determinants of Health Program.

S. 203 – Health Food Access for All Americans (HFAAA) Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Sens. Warner (D-VA), Moran (R-KS), Capito (R-WV), and Casey (D-PA), this bill would establish a new tax credit and grant program to stimulate investment and healthy nutrition options in food deserts.

S. 220 – Emergency Family Stabilization Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) and 10 bipartisan cosponsors, this bill would provide emergency relief to youth, children, and families experiencing homelessness, in light of the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.

S. 404 – Coronavirus Housing Counseling Improvement Act

  • Introduced by Sens. Menendez (D-NJ), Brown (D-OH), and 24 cosponsors, this bill would provide funding for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation Act to expand access to housing counseling and assistance services for families struggling to remain in their homes because of the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

S. 410 – Strengthening Social Connections Act of 2021

  • Introduced by Sen. Smith (D-MN) and Gillibrand (D-NY), this bill would make emergency supplemental appropriations for social isolation services under the Older Americans Act of 1965 to address social isolation and loneliness among older adults during COVID-19.

S. 509 – Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities (LINC) to Address Social Needs Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Sens. Sullivan (R-AK) and Murphy (D-CT), this bill would establish a program to assist States in establishing or enhancing community integration network infrastructure for health and social services.

S. 515 – Mental Health Justice Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Warren (D-MA), Klobuchar (D-MN), and Booker (D-NJ), this bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to States and political subdivisions of States to hire, employ, train, and dispatch mental health professionals to respond in lieu of law enforcement officers in emergencies involving one or more persons with a mental illness or an intellectual or developmental disability.

S. 612 – Improving Housing Outcomes for Veterans Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Sens. Portman (R-OH), Warren (D-MA), Durbin (D-IL), and Van Hollen (D-MD), this bill would require the Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide certain information to medical center staff and homelessness service providers of the Department regarding the coordinated entry processes for housing and services operated under the Continuum of Care Program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

* Denotes bicameral legislation

House of Representatives

H.R. 666 – Anti-Racism in Public Health Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Pressley (D-MA) and 44 cosponsors, this bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for public health research and investment into understanding and eliminating structural racism and police violence.

H.R. 912 – American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans Mental Health Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Brownley (D-CA), this bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain improvements relating to mental health and suicide prevention outreach to minority veterans and American Indian and Alaska Native veterans.

H.R. 1072 – COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act

  • Introduced by Reps. Pressley (D-MA), Garcia (D-TX), Demings (D-FL), Trone (D-MD), Hayes (D-CT), Speier (D-CA), Espaillat (D-NY), and DeSaulnier (D-CA), this bill would report data on COVID-19 in Federal, State, and local correctional facilities.

H.R. 1268 – Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Act of 2021

  • Introduced by Rep. Velazquez (D-NY) and 19 cosponsors, this bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award targeted grants to State, Tribal, Territorial, and local health departments or nonprofit organizations in geographic locations with racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to disseminate information regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

H.R. 1331 – Strengthening Mental Health Supports for BIPOC Communities Act

  • Introduced by Reps. Cardenas (D-CA), Johnson (D-TX), and Soto (D-FL), this bill would reduce health inequities experienced by individuals who are members of historically racial and ethnic minority groups under State plans under the community mental health services block grant program.

H.R. 1370 – Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Pressley (D-MA) and 19 cosponsors, this bill would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect and report certain data concerning COVID-19.

H.R. 1400 – COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act*

  • Introduced by Reps. Cardenas (D-CA) and Watson Coleman (D-NJ), this bill would establish and support public awareness campaigns to address COVID-19-related health disparities and promote vaccination.

H.R. 1475 – Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Rep. Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and 49 bipartisan cosponsors, this bill would address mental health issues for youth, particularly youth of color.

H.R. 1719

  • Introduced by Reps. Vargas (D-CA) and Waters (D-CA), this bill would provide homelessness and supportive services assistance for Native Americans to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate

S. 162 – Anti-Racism in Public Health Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Warren (D-MA), Hirono (D-HI), Merkley (D-OR), Smith (D-MN), and Markey (D-MA), this bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for public health research and investment into understanding and eliminating structural racism and police violence.

S. 201 – Improving Access to Health Care in Rural Underserved Areas Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Sens. Rosen (D-NV) and Murkowski (R-AK), this bill would establish a program ensuring access to accredited continuing medical education for primary care physicians and other health care providers at Federally-qualified health centers and rural health clinics, to provide training and clinical support for primary care providers to practice at their full scope and improve access to care for patients in underserved areas.

S. 320 – John Lewis National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Endowment Revitalization Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Sens. Cassidy (R-LA) and Schatz (D-HI), this bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide that the authority of the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to make certain research endowments applies with respect to both current and former centers of excellence. The bill would increase investments in schools conducting critical research into minority health disparities.

S. 465 – COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act*

  • Introduced by Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and 15 cosponsors, this bill would establish and support public awareness campaigns to address COVID-19-related health disparities and promote vaccination.

S. 512 – Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act*

  • Introduced by Sen. Warren (D-MA) and 11 cosponsors, this bill would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect and report certain data concerning COVID-19.

* Denotes bicameral legislation

House of Representatives

H.R. 79 – Nationally Enhancing the Wellbeing of Babies through Outreach and Research Now (NEWBORN) Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Cohen (D-TN) and 11 cosponsors, this bill would authorize funding for the creation and implementation of infant mortality pilot programs in standard metropolitan statistical areas with high rates of infant mortality.

H.R. 259 – End Diaper Need Act of 2021*

  • Introduced by Rep. Lee (D-CA) and 13 cosponsors, this bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to address the increased burden that maintaining the health and hygiene of infants and toddlers places on families in need, the resultant adverse health effects on children and families, and the limited child care options available for infants and toddlers who lack sufficient diapers.

H.R. 482 – Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and 24 bipartisan cosponsors, this bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs under part A of title XI of such Act relating to genetic diseases.

H.R. 769 – Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services (MOMS) Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) and 10 bipartisan cosponsors, this bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to improve obstetric care in rural areas.

H.R. 909 – Moms Matter Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Katko (R-NY), Underwood (D-IL), and Fitzpatrick (R-PA), this bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, to establish a program to award grants to eligible entities to address maternal mental health conditions and substance use disorders with respect to pregnant and postpartum individuals, with a focus on racial and ethnic minority groups.

H.R. 925 – Data to Save Moms Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Davids (D-KS) and 34 cosponsors, this bill would authorize funding for maternal mortality review committees to promote representative community engagement.

H.R. 937 – Tech to Save Moms Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Johnson (D-TX) and 34 cosponsors, this bill would integrate telehealth models in maternity care services.

H.R. 943 – Social Determinants for Moms Act

  • Introduced by Reps. McBath (D-GA) and 33 cosponsors, this bill would address social determinants of maternal health with respect to pregnant and postpartum individuals.

H.R. 945 – Perinatal Workforce Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Moore (D-WI) and 34 cosponsors, this bill would direct the Secretary of HHS to issue guidance to states to educate providers, managed care entities, and other insurers about the value and process of delivering respectful maternal health care through diverse and multidisciplinary care provider models.

H.R. 948 – Justice for Incarcerated Moms Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Pressley (D-MA) and 33 cosponsors, this bill would improve maternal health outcomes for incarcerated individuals.

H.R. 950 – Innovative Maternal Payment and Coverage To (IMPACT) to Save Moms Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) and 33 cosponsors, this bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish and implement a Perinatal Care Alternative Payment Model Demonstration Project.

H.R. 951 – Maternal Vaccination Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Sewell (D-AL) and 44 cosponsors, this bill would direct the Secretary of HHS to carry out a national campaign to increase awareness of the importance of maternal vaccinations for the health of pregnant and postpartum individuals and their children.

H.R. 957 – Protecting Moms and Babies Against Climate Change Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Underwood (D-IL) and 33 cosponsors, this bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a grant program to protect vulnerable mothers and babies from climate change risks.

H.R. 958 – Protecting Moms Who Served Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Reps. Underwood (D-IL), Bilirakis (R-FL), Brownley (D-CA), and Fitzpatrick (R-PA), this bill would codify maternity care coordination programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

H.R. 959 – Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021*

  • Introduced by Rep. Underwood (D-IL) and 82 cosponsors, this bill would end preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States and close disparities in maternal health outcomes.

H.R. 1065 – Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

  • Introduced by Reps. Nadler(D-NY), Katko (R-NY), McBath (D-GA), Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Scott (D-VA), this bill would eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.

H.R. 1218 – Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Reps. Butterfield (D-NC), Bilirakis (R-FL), and Blunt Rochester (D-DE), this bill would require the Federal Communications Commission to incorporate data on maternal health outcomes into its broadband health maps.

H.R. 1350 – Supporting Best Practices for Healthy Moms Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Reps. Kelly (D-IL) and Latta (R-OH), this bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish guidance for States on strategies for maternal care providers participating in the Medicaid program to reduce maternal mortality and severe morbidity with respect to individuals receiving medical assistance under such program.

Senate

S. 198 – Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Rosen (D-NV), Fischer (R-NE), Young (R-IN), and Schatz (D-HI), this bill would require the Federal Communications Commission to incorporate data on maternal health outcomes into its broadband health maps.

S. 287 – Perinatal Workforce Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Baldwin (D-WI) and Merkley (D-OR), this bill would direct the Secretary of HHS to issue guidance to states to educate providers, managed care entities, and other insurers about the value and process of delivering respectful maternal health care through diverse and multidisciplinary care provider models.

S. 304 – End Diaper Need Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Sens. Duckworth (D-IL), Cramer (R-ND), Casey (D-PA), Durbin (D-IL), Gillibrand (D-NY) and Smith (D-MN), this bill would provide targeted funding for States and other eligible entities through the Social Services Block Grant program to address the increased burden that maintaining the health and hygiene of infants and toddlers, medically complex children, and low-income adults or adults with disabilities who rely on adult incontinence materials and supplies place on families in need, the resultant adverse health effects on children and families, and the limited child care options available for infants and toddlers who lack sufficient diapers and diapering supplies.

S. 334 – Innovative Maternal Payment and Coverage To (IMPACT) Save Moms Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Casey (D-PA), Menendez (D-NJ), and Booker (D-NJ), this bill would establish an alternative payment model demonstration project for maternity care provided to pregnant and postpartum individuals under State Medicaid and CHIP programs.

S. 341 – Justice for Incarcerated Moms Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Booker (D-NJ), Durbin (D-IL), and Hirono (D-HI), this bill would provide justice for incarcerated moms.

S. 345 – Maternal Vaccination Act*

  • Introduced by Sen. Kaine (D-VA), this bill would establish a national campaign to increase maternal vaccination rates.

S. 346 – Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021*

  • Introduced by Sen. Booker (D-NJ) and 20 cosponsors, this bill would end preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States and close disparities in maternal health outcomes.

S. 347 – Data to Save Moms Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Smith (D-MN), Blumenthal (D-CT), Klobuchar (D-MN) and Markey (D-MA), this bill would improve the collection and review of maternal health data to address maternal mortality, serve maternal morbidity, and other adverse maternal health outcomes.

S. 350 – Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Sens. Hassan (D-NH) and Wicker (R-MS), this bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs under part A of title XI of such Act relating to genetic diseases.

S. 408 – Supporting Best Practices for Healthy Moms Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Sens. Toomey (R-PA) and Brown (D-OH), this bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish guidance for States on strategies for maternal care providers participating in the Medicaid program to reduce maternal mortality and severe morbidity with respect to individuals receiving medical assistance under such program.

S. 411 – Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act

  • Introduced by Sen. Durbin (D-IL) and nine cosponsors, this bill would improve Federal efforts with respect to the prevention of maternal mortality.

S. 423 – Protecting Moms and Babies Against Climate Change Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Markey (D-MA), Merkley (D-OR), Blumenthal (D-CT), Sanders (I-VT), and Bennet (D-CO), this bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a grant program to protect vulnerable mothers and babies from climate change risks.

S. 484 – Moms Matter Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Gillibrand (D-NY), Smith (D-MN), Shaheen (D-NH), and Sanders (I-VT), this bill would establish grant programs for maternal mental health equity and to grow and diversify the maternal mental and behavioral health care workforce.

* Denotes bicameral legislation

House of Representatives

H.R. 525

  • Introduced by Rep. Dingell (D-MI) and 15 cosponsors, this bill would provide for an emergency increase in federal funding to state Medicaid programs for expenditures on home and community-based services.

H.R. 526 – Ensuring Coverage in Public Health Emergencies Act (bipartisan)

  • Introduced by Rep. Doggett (D-TX) and 39 bipartisan cosponsors, this bill would provide for special enrollment periods during public health emergencies.

H.R. 871 – Expand Medicaid Now Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Fletcher (D-TX), this bill would provide a temporary increase in FMAP for medical assistance under State Medicaid plans which begin to expend amounts for newly eligible mandatory individuals.

H.R. 918 – The Stronger Medicaid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Act*

  • Introduced by Reps. Cardenas (D-CA) and Sanchez (D-CA), this bill would allow States to provide coverage under the Medicaid program for vaccines and treatment for COVID-19 for uninsured individuals without the imposition of cost sharing requirements.

H.R. 955 – Medicaid Reentry Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Reps. Tonko (D-NY), Turner (R-OH), Trone (D-MD), McKinley (R-WV), Underwood (D-IL), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Hastings (D-FL) introduced the Medicaid Reentry Act (H.R. 955), which would allow States to make medical assistance available to inmates during the 30-day period preceding their release.

H.R. 1227 – Medicare-X Choice Act of 2021*

  • Introduced by Reps. Delgado (D-NY), Higgins (D-NY) and Larson (D-CT), this bill would establish a public health plan.

H.R. 1353 – Coronavirus Medicaid Response Act*

  • Introduced by Rep. Lee (D-NV) and 48 cosponsors, this bill would increase Federal support to State Medicaid programs during economic downturns.

Senate

S. 245 – States Achieve Medicaid Expansion (SAME) Act of 2021

  • Introduced by Sen. Warner (D-VA) and 10 cosponsors, this bill would provide the same level of federal matching assistance for every state that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to newly eligible individuals, regardless of when such expansion takes place.

S. 274 – The Stronger Medicaid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Act*

  • Introduced by Sens. Bennet (D-CO), Hirono (D-HI), Shaheen (D-NH), Blumenthal (D-CT), and Smith (D-MN), this bill would allow States to provide coverage under the Medicaid program for vaccines and treatment for COVID-19 for uninsured individuals without the imposition of cost sharing requirements.

S. 285 – Medicaid Reentry Act (bipartisan)*

  • Introduced by Sens. Baldwin (D-WI), Braun (R-IN), Whitehouse (D-RI), and Brown (D-OH), this bill would allow States to make medical assistance available to inmates during the 30-day period preceding their release.

S. 352 – Health Care Improvement Act of 2021

  • Introduced by Sen. Warner (D-VA), this bill would amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to reduce health care costs and expand health care coverage to more Americans.

S. 386 – Medicare-X Choice Act of 2021*

  • Introduced by Sen. Bennet (D-CO) and 12 cosponsors, this bill would establish a public health plan.

S. 439 – Coronavirus Medicaid Response Act*

  • Introduced by Sen. Casey (D-PA) and 22 cosponsors, this bill would increase Federal support to State Medicaid programs during economic downturns.

S. 646

  • Introduced by Sens. Brown (D-OH), Baldwin (D-WI), Warren (D-MA), and Whitehouse (D-RI), this bill would provide for 12-month continuous enrollment under Medicaid and CHIP.

* Denotes bicameral legislation

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