Hearing on “Strengthening Our Health Care System: Legislation to Lower Consumer Costs and Expand Access”
The Health Subcommittee held a legislative hearing on Wednesday, March 6, at 10 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Strengthening Our Health Care System: Legislation to Lower Consumer Costs and Expand Access.”
Memorandum from Chairman Pallone to the Subcommittee on Health
Opening Statement of Chairman Pallone as prepared for delivery
Opening Statement of Subcommittee Chairwoman Eshoo as prepared for delivery
H.R. 1425, the “STATE HEALTH CARE PREMIUM REDUCTION ACT”, introduced by Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN) and Scott Peters (D-CA), would provide $10 billion annually to states to establish a state reinsurance program or use the funds to provide financial assistance to reduce out-of-pocket costs for individuals enrolled in qualified health plans. The bill also requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish and implement a reinsurance program in states that do not apply for federal funding under the bill.
H.R.1386, the “EXPAND NAVIGATORS’ RESOURCES FOR OUTREACH, LEARNING, AND LONGEVITY (ENROLL) ACT”, introduced by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), would provide $100 million annually for the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) navigator program. The bill would reinstate the requirement that there be at least two navigator entities in each state and would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that navigator grants are awarded to entities with demonstrated capacity to carry out the duties specified in the Affordable Care Act. The bill would also prohibit HHS from considering whether a navigator entity has demonstrated how it will provide information to individuals relating to association health plans or short-term, limited-duration insurance plans.
H.R.1385, the “STATE ALLOWANCE FOR A VARIETY OF EXCHANGES (SAVE) ACT”, introduced by Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), would provide states with $200 million in federal funds to establish state-based Marketplaces. Under current law, federal funds are no longer available for states to set up state-based Marketplaces.
Audrey Morse Gasteier
Chief of Policy
Massachusetts Health Connector
Vice President, State Affairs
Council for Affordable Health Coverage