Today’s health policy agenda

Thursday morning, the Education and Labor resumes consideration of the child nutrition bill, which would expand access and improve the quality of meals at schools and child care centers.

The House Judiciary Committees Commercial and Administrative Law subpanel holds a hearing this morning on the Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act. The bill, introduced last February by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), would amend federal bankruptcy law to allow people with medical debt to exempt up to $250,000 of their home’s value from the estate in bankruptcy.

A Senate Homeland Security subcommittee looks at ways to prevent and recover Medicare payment errors.

In the afternoon, a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee discusses the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam. And the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education marks up the FY 2011 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill.

House Republicans have a panel discussion in the afternoon on state costs to implement the healthcare reform bill.

The Galen Institute hosts a discussion in the morning on the budget effects of healthcare reform.

Off the Hill, the Office of National Drug Control Policy hosts an event at the National Press Club to examine treatments for pain reliever abuse.