House plans repeal of another piece of the healthcare law

The House next week plans to continue its effort to repeal elements of last year's healthcare law, this time by repealing language establishing a federal public health fund.

The House Rules Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to approve a rule for H.R. 1217, the Repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) Act. The bill repeals the PPHF, which funds prevention and public health programs in an effort to slow the rate of growth of healthcare costs.

In 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) allocated $500 million to states for these activities, and just last month, HHS announced another $750 million allocation.

Congress this week successfully repealed a controversial IRS reporting requirement by passing so-called 1099 repeal. And the House next week might also take up H.R. 3, which would prevent federal funding for abortions. The House was scheduled to begin work on that bill this week.