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How would single-payer impact health care costs and quality? It's not clear, CBO says.

May 24, 2019


Congressional Budget Office officials this week told House Budget Committee members that there currently are too many unknowns surrounding a single-payer health care system to determine how such a system would affect insurance rates and government spending, but any transition to single-payer would be "complicated."

Inside the 'ambitious' Alexander-Murray proposal to combat 'surprise' medical bills, lower drug costs

May 24, 2019


Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, on Thursday unveiled bipartisan draft legislation that aims to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and lower prescription drug costs in the United States.

Nearly half of rural US residents can't afford a $1,000 medical bill, survey finds

May 24, 2019


The draft bill from Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, includes a new proposal to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would require hospitals in a health plan's network to ensure all of their providers also are in the plan's network.

Trump threatened to stop working with Democrats. Could that jeopardize efforts to lower Rx drug prices?

May 23, 2019


President Trump during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday told Democratic congressional leaders he would not work with them on key issues unless they halt investigations into his presidency—comments some observers say could threaten bipartisan efforts to address high prescription drug prices in the United States.

This member of Congress got a ‘surprise’ medical bill. (And she’s not happy about it.)

May 23, 2019


Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) is sharing her story of her so-called "surprise" medical bill with Congress as part of policymakers' push to develop legislation to address such bills.

McConnell, Kaine unveil bipartisan bill to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21

May 21, 2019


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Monday introduced a bill to increase from 18 to 21 the minimum age at which U.S. residents can purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

Inside the House's legislative package to address drug costs and bolster the ACA

May 20, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 284-183 to approve a legislative package intended to address high drug prices and bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchange market.

How senators want to stop 'surprise' medical bills

May 16, 2019


Lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday released a bipartisan draft bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by using an arbitration process to settle disputes over medical charges between providers and insurers—a proposal the White House has said it opposes.

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