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Senators Alexander and Murray Release Bipartisan Plan To Lower Health Costs


Added 05-23-19 02:06:02pm EST - “Bipartisan legislation, prepared by Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray, proposes plans to deal with surprise medical bills, prescription drug patents, price transparency and vaccine messaging.” - Npr.org

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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to address health care issues such as surprise medical bills and high drug costs. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to address health care issues such as surprise medical bills and high drug costs.

In a year already marked by a wide variety of congressional health care legislation, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Thursday released the details of a plan they hope can help bring down health costs and eliminate surprise medical bills for patients. Alexander and Murray are the chair and ranking Democrat respectively of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

"These are common sense steps we can take, and every single one of them has the objective of reducing the health care costs that you pay for out of your own pocket," Alexander said in a statement. "We hope to move it through the health committee in June, put it on the Senate floor in July and make it law."

It would be a mammoth piece of legislation, targeting nearly every area of the health care industry for reform, including surprise medical bills, prescription drugs, price transparency, public health and health information. Alexander said at a White House event earlier this month that he hopes to get the package to the Senate floor by the end of July.

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