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HELP Committee Moved Forward with Cost Containment Bill

A day after a hearing on the HELP Committee’s cost containment discussion draft, the Lower Health Care Costs Act, committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released an updated version of the bill (S. 1895) along with a notice that the committee will hold a markup of the legislation on June…

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Senate Dems Introduce Choose Medicare Act, Public Option

Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Choose Medicare Act, which would allow for any individual who is not already enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid to enroll in Medicare as an individual. This would be known as Medicare Part E and would be offered on all state and federal…

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House Dems Introduce Medicare for America Act, Expanding Coverage in Medicare and Medicaid

Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Medicare for America Act. The bill would expand coverage in Medicare and Medicaid to include prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and long-term support services. Those who are uninsured or do not have employer-sponsored health insurance, including those in the individual marketplace, would be auto-enrolled into…

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Montana Passes Bill to Continue Medicaid Expansion

The Montana state legislature passed a bill to continue Medicaid expansion in the state, adding new community engagement requirements. Montana’s expansion, which was first passed in 2015, extends Medicaid coverage to those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Beginning July 1, 2020, qualifying beneficiaries age 19 to 55 will be required to complete…

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House Appropriations Committee Holds First Subcommittee Markup

The House Appropriations Committee will hold the first subcommittee markup of the year next week: Labor-HHS-Education.

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House Rules Committee to Hold Medicare for All Hearing

The House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on Medicare for All proposals, the first time this concept will be in the spotlight.

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Democratic Senators Introduce the Medicare Choice Act

This legislation would allow anyone to buy Medicare plans, an option they say is more realistic than Medicare for All.

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Medicaid Expansion Bill Introduced

On February 14, 2019, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the State Public Option Act (S. 489) which allows states to provide a public option through Medicaid for individuals not otherwise covered under Medicaid or enrolled in other insurance.

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Medicare Buy-in Bill Introduced

On February 13, 2019, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Medicare at 50 Act (S. 470) which lowers the eligibility age for Medicare coverage to age 50.

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Bill Introduced to Reverse STLDI Plan Expansion

On February 6, 2019, Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced H.R. 1010 which would rollback the Administration’s short-term limited duration regulation.

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Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019

On January 24, 2019, the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 (H.R. 259) was signed into law. This law extends the Money Follows the Person program, among other things.

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Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act of 2019

On January 18, 2019, Representative Greg Walden introduced the Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act of 2019 (H.R. 692) which would prohibit pre-existing conditions exclusion in the individual and group health insurance markets.

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Senate Republicans Introduce Pre-existing Conditions Protection Bill

The Ensuring Coverage for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act (S. 3388) was introduced on August 23rd by Senate Republicans in an effort to protect pre-existing conditions.

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