Senate has no time before August to consider Lower Health Care Costs Act

Johnson City Press • Jul 25, 2019 at 9:21 AM

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Ranking Member Patty Murray, D-Wash., said the Senate will not have time to consider the Lower Health Care Costs Act before the August recess. 

“The Senate does not have time before the August recess to consider the bipartisan Lower Health Care Costs Act, which the Senate’s Health Committee approved 20-3 on June 26, and includes proposals from 74 of our colleagues — 35 Republican and 39 Democratic senators,” the senators’ statement read.

“We are engaged in very productive conversations about this legislation with our colleagues in the Senate and the House and will continue to work during August and into September to move this legislation forward.”

The legislation aims to end surprise medical billing, create more transparency with the medical billing process for patients and increase prescription drug competition through bipartisan provisions that aim to expand patient access to cheaper medications.


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