Senate HELP Committee's Bipartisan Health Care Bill Positive First Step Toward Stabilization, Say Patient, Provider, and Consumer Groups

Washington, D.C. | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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A non-partisan group of 29 patient, provider and consumer groups today praised the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for crafting bipartisan legislation that will help stabilize the individual insurance markets:  

“The new bipartisan bill from the Senate HELP Committee Chair and Ranking Member offers some solid strategies to help restore confidence in the individual health insurance market. The return to regular order and bipartisanship are a much-needed breath of fresh air in an often-divided Congress. Senators Alexander and Murray deserve high praise for their leadership on this complex and challenging issue.

The committee’s proposal, which extends cost-sharing reduction payments and includes other mechanisms of stabilization, clearly moves us in the right direction. The legislation also preserves and supports key protections for individuals with preexisting conditions.  

We look forward to fully engaging in the next steps of this process – which will include a thorough and ongoing review of this bill’s impact on patients and consumers – and we caution against any changes that might weaken existing patient protections.   

We must do everything we can to push forward with a bipartisan plan that maintains access to quality and affordable care for all Americans.”

  

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ALS Association 
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network 
American Diabetes Association 
American Heart Association 
American Lung Association  
Arthritis Foundation 
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation  
Epilepsy Foundation 
Family Voices 
GBS/CIDP Foundation International  
Lutheran Services in America 
March of Dimes 
METAvivor Research & Support Organization 
Muscular Dystrophy Association 
National Alopecia Areata Foundation  
National Health Council 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society 
National Organization for Rare Disorders 
Project Sleep 
Pulmonary Hypertension Association  
Scleroderma Foundation 
The Marfan Foundation 
U.S. Hereditary Angioedema Association  
United Ostomy Associations of America 
United Way Worldwide 
Volunteers of America 
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease 

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