After the stunning Republican defeat of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act at the
end of July, there are now a slew of bipartisan proposals that have emerged to address and hopefully improve our access to healthcare.
Democrat proposals include looking at cost-sharing reduction payments (a discount that lowers the amount you have to pay for deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance), lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and strengthening consumer protections to ensure premium increases are stabilized and allowing people ages 50-64 to buy into Medicare.
Staffers from both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus also have some proposals. The CPC will focus on additional options for public health care access to address counties losing insurers and the CBC will roll out a “mini omnibus bill” for health care, pulling together legislation from all 49 members of their caucus and focusing on “expanding community health centers.”
A Bipartisan group in the House of Representatives called the Problem Solvers Caucus, consisting of 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans, chaired by Rep. Tom Suozzi, (D-NY) is also strategizing on potential health care proposals such as repealing the medical device tax, changing the employer mandate to apply to companies with more than 500 employees instead of 50 employees, looking at cost-sharing reductions and other ways to stabilize the insurance marketplace.
Keep your eyes here for any updates and action items.