Professional sports, most notably the NFL, are increasingly confronted with the effects of TBI in their athletes. The issue has trickled down to the youth level, with lawmakers and parents concerned about early sport injuries that could affect children's mental health later in life. The Rockefeller-Udall bill was endorsed by patient, sports and consumer groups. A companion measure was introduced in the House by Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).
PhRMA touts Part D: The pharmaceutical industry's leading trade group told a Senate panel Wednesday that Medicare's prescription drug benefit has been a huge success. Richard Smith, executive vice president of policy and research at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), praised the program during a hearing of the Senate Aging Committee.
Many Republicans see Part D as a model for the entire Medicare program, saying robust private competition would ensure value for seniors.
The House Ways and Mean subcommittee on Social Security will hold a hearing on entitlement reform proposals.
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on drug compounding.
The House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution will hold a hearing on Rep. Trent Frank's (R-Ariz.) bill to ban late-term abortions.
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and others will hold a summit with senior groups on Capitol Hill.
The Senate Aging Committee will hold an expo in the Russell Senate Office Building to demonstrate technologies that help seniors live better.
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Seventeen insurance companies want to sell policies in Colorado's insurance exchange, Kaiser Health News reports.
Virginia won approval for an ambitious plan to better coordinate healthcare for people who receive both Medicare and Medicaid, the Associated Press reports.
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—The headline was updated to reflect that a House panel, not a Senate panel, would hold Thursday's hearing.