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Surprise Billing Background and Comparison – Updated February 25, 2020

Surprise billing legislation has continued into 2020 with the introduction of two new surprise billing proposals in early 2020.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 07, 2020

The House Ways and Means and Education and Labor committees released information on their surprise billing proposals, and President Trump delivered the State of the Union on the eve of the Senate’s vote to acquit him in the impeachment trial.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 31, 2020

The House of Representatives returned from recess to continue work on legislation to address surprise medical bills and high drug costs, while the Administration unveiled a proposal to let states opt for Medicaid block grants. The Senate remained busy with impeachment proceedings.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 13, 2019

House Democrats passed a sweeping drug pricing reform package and key House and Senate committees announced a surprise billing deal.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 06, 2019

Congress is back in town with just two weeks to address government funding and many healthcare issues. More proposals are emerging on drug pricing and surprise billing, and the House Judiciary Committee took up impeachment.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 26, 2019

This Week’s Dose: The Senate Finance Committee finally released its drug pricing package and moved quickly to a markup. The bill passed out of committee, but work will continue before the full Senate votes. We’ll be watching closely as things develop.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 21, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Three weeks down, one week to go in this work period. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is moving forward with its cost containment legislation, and the House passed the first batch of health care extenders.

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Key Changes in HELP’s Updated Lower Health Care Costs Act

On June 19, 2019, the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) released its updated Lower Health Care Costs Act (S. 1895). This new version includes several noteworthy changes, outlined below.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 10, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Another busy week for prescription drug pricing. Two more hearings took place on the subject, and a handful of bills passed out of the House. Now we watch the Senate to see how it packages and advances prescription drug bills that have moved through the House.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 3, 2019

This Week’s Dose: Lots of activity surrounding single-payer this week with a hearing, the introduction of two Medicare expansion bills and a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Hearings and markups of drug pricing bills continue as well. This legislative session is off to a busy start.

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McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 8, 2019

This Week’s Diagnosis: Hearings, hearings and more hearings. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down. Budget talks heat up.

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