May 8, 2023
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on PAHPA reauthorization
On May 4, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Preparing for the Next Public Health Emergency: Reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act" (PAHPA). During the hearing, committee members heard testimony from two panels. First, a panel of federal government leaders representing the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and second a panel of academic and expert witnesses.
The hearing largely focused on ways to update PAHPA to better prepare for future pandemics with the bulk of lawmakers' questions directed at the federal government leaders. HELP Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ranking Member Bill Cassidy (R-LA) were the only two members to ask questions during the second panel and those questions focused on high prescription drug prices and the impact of potential cost containment measures.
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Hearing on PAHPA reauthorization