Federal Legislation Tracker

Research Investment to Spark the Economy Act of 2021 (RISE Act)

This bill would authorize appropriations for offsetting the costs related to reductions in research productivity resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021

This bill expands Medicare coverage of intensive behavioral therapy for obesity. Specifically, the bill allows coverage for therapy that is provided by (1) a physician who is not a primary care physician; or (2) other health care providers (e.g., physician assistants and nurse practitioners) and approved counseling programs, if provided upon a referral from, and in coordination with, a physician or primary care practitioner. Currently, such therapy is covered only if provided by a primary care practitioner.

The bill also allows coverage under Medicare's prescription drug benefit of drugs used for the treatment of obesity or for weight loss management for individuals who are overweight.

Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act

The Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act would ensure prompt access to FDA-approved multi-cancer screening tests and fuel innovation in cancer screening

The Lymphedema Treatment Act

This bill includes certain lymphedema compression treatment items as covered durable medical equipment under Medicare. (Lymphedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling that is caused when the lymphatic system is damaged or blocked.)


Cancer Drug Parity Act

This bill requires health plans that cover anticancer medications administered by a health care provider to provide no less favorable cost sharing for patient-administered anticancer medications.

TREAT Act

This bill would provide temporary licensing reciprocity for telehealth and interstate health care treatment during national emergencies.

Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act

The bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide hereditary cancer genetic testing for individuals with a history of a hereditary cancer gene mutation in a blood relative or a personal or ancestral history suspicious for hereditary cancer, and to provide coverage of certain cancer screenings or preventive surgeries that would reduce the risk for individuals with a germline (inherited) mutation associated with a high risk of developing a preventable cancer.

PREVENT HPV Cancers Act

This bill is the Promoting Resources to Expand Vaccination, Education and New Treatments for HPV Cancers Act or the PREVENT HPV Cancers Act with the ultimate goal of preventing HPV-related cancers.

American Cures Act

This is a bill to prove 5% real funding increases to National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Defense (DoD) medical research, and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical research for each of the next ten fiscal years.

Safe Step Act

This bill requires a group health plan to establish an exception to medication step-therapy protocol in specified cases. A medication step-therapy protocol establishes a specific sequence in which prescription drugs are covered by a group health plan or a health insurance issuer.


Removing Barriers to Colorectal Screening Act

This bill waives Medicare coinsurance requirements with respect to colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of the code billed for a resulting diagnosis or procedure, was signed into law as a provision in the FY2021 budget and COVID-19 response legislation, in section 122. Fight Colorectal Cancer provides a nice summary of the bill's history.

The CLINICAL TREATMENT Act

This bill, which requires state Medicaid programs to cover routine patient costs for items and services that are provided in connection with a qualifying clinical trial regarding cancer or other life-threatening conditions, was signed into law on December 27, 2020 as a part of H.R.133 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.