The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on strengthening the health care system and discussed legislation to lower consumer costs and expand access.
The hearing focused on three bills:

  • H.R. 1425, which would provide $10 billion annually to states, with the option for states to establish a state reinsurance program or use the funds to provide financial assistance to reduce out-of-pocket costs for individuals enrolled in qualified health plans.
  • H.R. 1386, which would fund the Navigator program for the federally facilitated marketplace at $100 million per year.
  • H.R. 1385, which would provide states with $200 million in federal funds to establish state-based marketplaces.

“We should take this opportunity to allow states to make health care more affordable for their residents,” said Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J. 
Witnesses included Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California; Audrey Morse Gasteier, chief of policy at Massachusetts Health Connector; and J.P. Wieske, vice president of state affairs for the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.
Responding to a letter from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the AHA yesterday shared a number of actions that Congress and the Administration could take to help reduce health care costs.

Related News Articles

The AHA is engaging in early primary states, including Nevada and South Carolina, with ads about affordability and rural health care to ensure issues…
The AHA and Concord Health Partners today announced the launch of a $50 million venture capital fund to invest in early-stage health care companies that…
Chairperson's File
Hospitals and health systems are leading transformative efforts to provide better care at lower costs for patients and communities.   Some are working…
Pictured, from left to right: Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s The Value Initiative; Sean Thornton, program manager, Population Health, Center for…
A recent New York Times column relies on several seriously flawed studies to make extremely broad claims about the care hospitals and health systems provide…
The departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Friday approved a Section 1332 waiver for Montana to implement a five-year reinsurance program…