Numerous recent Congressional committee hearings have focused on health policy issues, including the following:
On September 24, 2008, the Senate Aging Committee examined "ways to respect Americans' choices at the end of life.” The panel also held a hearing September 17 on direct-to-consumer medical device advertising.
House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing September 23, 2008 on problems in the private health insurance market, with a focus on the need for reforms in the non-group or individual market. The panel also met September 11 to examine on Medicare physician payment policy reform.
On September 23, 2008, the House Oversight and Government Reform Domestic Policy Subcommittee held a hearing on Medicaid pediatric dental care reform. The full Committee also held a hearing September 16 on HIV prevention.
The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing September 16, 2008, on health care delivery system reform, focusing on creating a patient-centered model of care and supporting primary care. On September 23, 2008, the Committee held a hearing on insurance market reform, highlighting health insurance exchanges that connect individuals, small businesses and those eligible for premium subsidies to available health insurance plans.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing September 11, 2008 on Medicare information issues.