House Panel Advances Surprise Healthcare Billing Package

A package of 10 healthcare-related bills, including funding for expiring public health programs and addressing surprise medical billing, was advanced out the House Energy and Commerce (HEC) Health subcommittee Thursday afternoon.

Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Ranking Member Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., led the effort to pass the bipartisan healthcare package and bring it to the full committee for a vote.

The markup of the bills came less than three weeks after the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee passed the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019, which in part aims to end surprise billing.

HEC Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., praised Eshoo and Walden for leading the bipartisan effort to expand healthcare access and make coverage more affordable.”

I am proud that we have come together to address all of these critical health care issues in a bipartisan fashion – that’s this Committee at its best,” Pallone said in his opening remarks.

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SOURCE: JACK O’BRIEN 
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