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Titles (3)

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Short Titles as Reported to Senate

Lower Health Care Costs Act

Short Titles as Introduced

Lower Health Care Costs Act

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Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to lower health care costs.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
07/08/2019Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Reported by Senator Alexander with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
06/19/2019Introduced in Senate

All Actions (4)

Date All Actions
07/08/2019Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 133.
Action By: Senate
07/08/2019Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Reported by Senator Alexander with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
06/26/2019Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
06/19/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (2)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]* 06/19/2019
Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA] 07/16/2019

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions06/19/2019 Referred to
06/26/2019 Markup by
07/08/2019 Reported by

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Latest Summary (2)

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Reported to Senate (07/08/2019)

Lower Health Care Costs Act

This bill makes a series of changes relating to health care coverage, costs, and services.

Among other things, the bill

  • applies in-network cost-sharing requirements to certain emergency and related nonemergency services that are provided out-of-network, and prohibits health care facilities and practitioners from billing above the applicable in-network cost-sharing rate for such services;
  • revises certain requirements in order to expedite the approval of generics and biosimilars, including requirements relating to citizen petitions, application effective dates, and labeling;
  • requires health care facilities and practitioners to give patients a list of provided services upon discharge and to bill for such services within 45 days;
  • limits prices that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) may charge health insurers or enrollees for prescription drugs, based on prices paid by PBMs to pharmacies;
  • establishes grant programs to support vaccinations and data modernization; and
  • requires health insurers to make certain information, including estimated out-of-pocket costs, accessible to enrollees through specified technology (e.g., mobile applications).

The bill also makes several additional changes relating to public health, including raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.