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Bipartisan Healthcare Reforms Introduced

Feb 26, 2021

This week, members of the House Democratic and Republican Caucuses introduced legislation aiming to improve the quality of health care, while making it more affordable and accessible. The plan focuses on three main goals: lowering the cost of prescription medicine, increasing access to care, and improving the standard of care.

Some of the specifics within the plan include:

    • Capping out-of-pocket costs for insulin
    • Require hospitals to post a digital copy of their charge description master on their website
    • Allow a pharmacist to provide the current price of a comparable generic or name brand medication to anyone purchasing a medication
    • Allow out-of-state providers to provide telehealth services
    • Allows patients to purchase a covered prescription from out-of-network providers if the cost is below the in-network average
    • Expands the scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

The bill package has been referred to the House Health Policy Committee for consideration.

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