Senate HELP Committee Leadership Releases Bi-partisan Discussion Draft Legislation, the “Lower Health Care Costs Act”

Yesterday, the Senate HELP Committee leadership released bi-partisan discussion draft legislation titled the “Lower Health Care Costs Act.” This legislation is just one of several Federal legislative efforts happening that are important to APCD data collection efforts.

Draft text of the “Lower Health Care Costs Act” bill is available here. We call your attention specifically to “TITLE III—IMPROVING TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTH CARE”, where there is specific discussion of APCDs. Further, the Section by Section summary of the draft bill is available here. Comments on this bill are due by 5PM ET on Wednesday, June 5th to LowerHealthCareCosts@help.senate.gov. The APCD Council leadership team will be submitting comments and welcome your thoughts.

Two other bills we are tracking:

  • On May 14, 2019, Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Greg Walden (R-OR), the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a discussion draft of the “No Surprises Act.” Available here. This legislation also includes specific reference to APCDs, in Section 2d.
  • On May 16, 2019, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Carper (D-DE), bipartisan group primarily working on surprise medical bill legislation, introduced their “Stopping the Outrageous Practice (STOP) of Surprise Bills Act of 2019.” Available here. This legislation may be of most interest given its reference to state activity for developing methods to calculate prices to be used in surprise billing resolution.
  • The National Law Review published a summary comparing these two bills and is available here 

We will continue to track and provide comments to these and other relevant legislative efforts. If you have comments or questions, please send to info@apcdcouncil.org.