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How to Watch the Senate Individual Health Rescue Hearings

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Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions are about to kick off a series of four hearings on stabilizing the individual major medical insurance market around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the highest-ranking Democrat, are hoping the hearings will lead to legislation that will keep the U.S. individual major medical market functioning in 2018.

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Here’s a list of the hearings scheduled, and the types of witnesses expected to speak at those hearings:

  • 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 6: State insurance commissioners.

  • 9 a.m. EDT Sept. 7: Governors.

  • 10 a.m. Sept. 12: Advocates for state flexibility.

  • 10 a.m. Sept. 14: Health care stakeholders.

The Senate HELP Committee streams live video of its hearings while they are in progress, and posts video recordings of the hearings after the hearings are over.

Members of the public can watch the videos by going to the committee’s hearing page, here, clicking on the link to the day’s hearing, and going to the page for the hearing of interest.

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Some of the 20 witnesses listed at press time may have active insurance agent or broker licenses.

At least one, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak, has had a producer’s license in the past.

None of the witnesses is appearing on behalf of traditional agents and brokers.

Allison Leigh O’Toole, who is set to appear Sept. 12, is the chief executive officer of MNsure, Minnesota’s state-based Affordable Care Act public health insurance exchange.

Bernard Tyson, who is on the witness list for the same hearing, is president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan Inc.

Tammy Tomczyk, a third witness on the list for the Sept. 12 hearing, is a consulting actuary at Oliver Wyman.

The list of witnesses for the Sept. 14 hearing includes Robert Ruiz-Moss, a Denver-based vice president in the individual market segment at Anthem Inc.

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