On February 9, 2016, President Obama is scheduled to submit his proposed fiscal year 2017 budget to Congress. Two Congressional committees have planned hearings to examine provisions of the proposed budget involving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifying. Specifically, the House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a February 10 hearing on the HHS budget proposal, followed by a Senate Finance Committee hearing on this topic on February 11.

Also next week, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee is holding a February 10 hearing on the Medicaid and CHIP Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula, including a discussion of the “incentives and disincentives the FMAP creates for states, and how modifications to the FMAP could improve Medicaid spending predictability, accountability, sustainability, equity, or efficiency.” In addition, on February 11, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a markup of S. 483, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015, and S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015.