Sen. Lamar Alexander is sounding optimistic about the future of a bill that might still contain a health insurance agent and broker compensation disclosure provision.
Early last week, Alexander reported that congressional leaders had left most of the health cost transparency provisions out of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 (CAA 2020) — the legislative tugboat that pulled the Secure Act bill, repeal of a never-implemented Affordable Care Act tax on high-cost health benefits, and repeal of a rarely implemented ACA tax on health insurers through Congress.
But Alexander, a Republican who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, announced late Friday that House and Senate Democrats and Republicans have “reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement” on health cost legislation.
Alexander and other health cost bill effort managers have tried to build broad, bipartisan support by including proposals from many members fo Congress.
The current inclusion includes proposals from 46 Democratic senators and 34 Republican senators, according to Alexander.
Alexander named many contributors in the bipartisan agreement announcement. The list includes Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J.; Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.; Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.; Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif.; and Rep. Larry Buchshon, R-Ind.