There were seven major health bills introduced in the Senate this week.

Senate

S. 1146 – To establish a pilot program under which veterans in the State of Alaska may receive health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs at non-Department medical facilities, and for other purposes
Sponsor – Mark Begich (D-AK)
S. 1147 – Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act of 2011
To amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 and title 38, United States Code, to require the provision of chiropractic care and service to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and to expand access to such care and services, and for other purposes
Sponsor – Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

S. 1157 – To require the Secretary of Agriculture to provide retail establishments with information describing recalled meat, poultry, eggs, and related food products, to require the retail establishment to communicate the recall information to consumers, to require the Food Safety Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture to protect against certain foodborne illnesses, and for other purposes
Sponsor – Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
S. 1167 – To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the diagnosis and treatment of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, and for other purposes
Sponsor – Tim Johnson (D-SD)
S. 1171 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion from gross income for employer-provided health coverage for employees’ spouses and dependent children to coverage provided to other eligible dependent beneficiaries of employees     
Sponsor – Charles Schumer (D-NY)
S. 1173 – Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2011
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize payments for ambulatory surgical centers under the Medicare program
Sponsor – Ron Wyden (D-OR)

S.Amdt.423 to S. 782 – To delay the implementation of the health care reform law in the United States until there is final resolution in pending lawsuits
            Sponsor – Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

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