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Sweeping Senate healthcare proposal would address surprise billing, transparency

May 23, 2019 / Tina Reed
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Senate lawmakers released a draft package of legislation Thursday aimed at curbing healthcare costs they said they believe they can pass on a bipartisan basis—starting with topics like surprise billing and drug prices. Introduced by Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and ranking member Patty Murray, D-Washington, the proposal includes nearly three dozen specific bipartisan provisions. Alexander said in a statement they hope to move it through the health committee in June and put it to the Senate floor as early as July. The Senate health committee is accepting comments on the discussion draft until June 5. That could be a lofty goal with its ambitious number of proposals, including a number of provisions that will please and disappoint different segments of the healthcare industry.