Politico reports Monday that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is hoping to use immigration reform to fix what they saw as an enormous flaw in the Democrats' health reform law: the exclusion of illegal immigrants from insurance exchanges, even when they pay full price with their own money. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told Politico that, “The expectation was that everybody knew it was unfair and that a new immigration bill would correct that.”
The Washington Post's Robert Samuelson writes Monday that the Massachusetts healthcare law predicts a tough road ahead for the Democrats' newly installed federal reforms. "The state did the easy part: expanding state-subsidized insurance coverage," Samuelson writes. "It evaded the hard part: controlling costs and ensuring that spending improves people's health. Unfortunately, Obama has done the same."
House Republicans host a panel discussion at the Capitol Monday on healthcare reform's effects on biosimilar drugs. (You can expect the verdict to be less than positive.)
On the vets' health front, an HHS advisory panel meets Monday to discuss challenges facing veterans living in rural areas.
The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics gathers in D.C. this morning to discuss HIPAA standards.
And FDA officials will meet at the University of Maryland to examine their oversight of tests developed in laboratories.