H.R. 2980 - Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act

The Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act was introduced by Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) and authorizes the Director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify and disseminate protocols to mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities to information systems and industrial control systems, including in circumstances where vulnerabilities exist because software or hardware is no longer supported by a vendor. DHS is to report on how disclosures of cybersecurity vulnerabilities are coordinated, including a description of how privacy and civil liberties are preserved in the collection of vulnerability disclosures. HR. 2980 passed the House of Representatives on July 20, 2021.

S. 658 - National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2021

The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2021 was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) with two cosponsors. The bill would authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work with a consortium composed primarily of nonprofit entities, including academic institutions, to support efforts to address cybersecurity risks. This would include conducting cross-sector cybersecurity training and simulation exercises for entities, including critical infrastructure owners and operators, and incorporating cybersecurity risk prevention into state and local emergency plans. DHS is to conduct outreach to universities and colleges, including minority-serving institutions, to support this initiative. S. 658 passed the Senate on July 15, 2021.

S. 2061 and HR 4058 - Telemental Health Care Access Act

The Telemental Health Care Access Act of 2021 was introduced in the Senate on June 15, 2021 by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA).  The bill would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of mental health services furnished through telehealth.  It has three cosponsors.  The corresponding House bill was introduced on June 22, 2021 by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-16) and has two cosponsors.

H.R. 4043 would require Medicare to cover breakthrough devices

H.R. 4043 was introduced on June 22, 2021 by Congresswoman S. DelBene (D-Wash).  The bill would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure prompt coverage of breakthrough devices.  The bill has five cosponsors.

As we previously reported, regulations providing for Medicare coverage of breakthrough devices have been pushed back to December 15, 2021.

Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act - S.1988

The Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act was introduced on June 9, 2021 by Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV). The bill currently has three cosponsors. The bill would amend the Social Security Act to eliminate geographic restrictions for originating sites for telehealth services and permit telehealth services to be furnished in the home. It would provide telehealth flexibilities for critical access hospitals, federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. It also would permit use of audio-only telehealth for providing evaluation and management services, behavioral health counseling and educational services, and other services determined appropriate by the Department of Health & Human Services.

PREVENT DIABETES Act - HR 2807

The "Promoting Responsible and Effective Virtual Experiences through Novel Technology to Deliver Improved Access and Better Engagement with Tested and Evidence-Based Strategies Act", or the "PREVENT DIABETES Act", was introduced by Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC-7) on April 22, 2021. The bill would permit any online or virtual diabetes prevention program that has met the standards for full recognition by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program to apply for enrollment as a supplier under the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP). The MDPP is designed to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and covers a series of structured behavior change interventions. The bill is co-sponsored by Diana DeGette (D-CO-1), Tom Reed (R-NY-23) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1).

CONNECT for Health Act - S.1512

The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021 (the "CONNECT for Health Act of 2021") was introduced on April 29, 2021 by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). The bill currently has 57 cosponsors. The bill states as the sense of Congress that "health care providers can furnish safe, effective, and high-quality health care services through telehealth", and that barriers to the use of telehealth should be removed. The bill would give authority to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive Medicare requirements and limitations on payment for telehealth, if the Secretary of HHS determines that the waiver would not adversely impact quality of care. It calls for HHS to present an interim report to Congress within 180 days after enactment of the Connect for Health Act on qualitative and quantitative data on the impact of telehealth services, virtual check-ins, remote patient monitoring services and other services furnished through telehealth.

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