Bipartisan PATIENT Act Gains Momentum as Experts Voice Support
Americans want more health care transparency and lower prices. The bipartisan PATIENT Act, led by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), will help Americans get access to the right care, at the right time, at a price they can afford.
Solutions in the PATIENT Act—like increasing price transparency and addressing the cost of prescription drugs—are supported by the vast majority of Americans. Nearly 90% of Americans support strengthening price transparency requirements and nearly 85% of Americans favor solutions that prevent them from having to pay more for their prescription drugs than their insurance company.
Check out the below opinion pieces featured in Newsweek and RealClear Policy for more on support of the PATIENT Act.
Last month, the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously reported out The Patient Act (H.R. 3561), which would require hospitals and health insurance companies to post the true prices of their medical services. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) are sponsoring this legislation, one of six bipartisan committee measures to help patients and improve the functioning of the nation's troubled health care markets.
Today, few health care policy proposals attract broad bipartisan support. Health care price transparency, however, is one of those rare "unicorns." In this case, the bipartisanship has been given a boost, because the Biden administration has largely embraced and continued the Trump administration's groundbreaking regulatory efforts to require hospitals and health insurance companies to reveal their real prices.
Nearly 90 percent of Americans support health care price transparency, Washington has a golden opportunity to improve the lives of millions of Americans through a more affordable and competitive health care marketplace. In a recent report for The Heritage Foundation, we outlined several policy options for Congress to consider, which would benefit all Americans.
CLICK HERE to continue reading more from David N. Bernstein and Robert E. Moffit in Newsweek.
Next up: The PATIENT Act (Promoting Access to Treatments and Increasing Extremely Needed Transparency Act) to tackle health care costs by increasing transparency and competition. After numerous hearings, the bill passed through the Energy and Commerce Committee 49-0, and a House floor vote is expected in July. Here is a section-by-section summary.
One reason for this progress is that the legislative process is going through “regular order” for the first time in years.
That means that a Member proposes a legislative idea, hearings are held, and the relevant subcommittee considers and reports the bill to the full committee. The full committee then debates the measure and, if approved, it goes to the Floor for a vote, after passing through the Rules Committee which decides the process for offering amendments.
This is what’s happening now, straight out of Civics 101.
CLICK HERE to continue reading from Grace-Marie Turner in RealClear Policy.