Sen. Alexander targets healthcare costs on Senate floor: 3 things to know

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chair Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., spoke to HHS Secretary Alex Azar on the Senate floor April 4 about what the Trump administration is doing to combat high healthcare costs.

Three things to know:

1. Mr. Alexander spoke about how the HELP committee is working with Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to identify how to best reduce healthcare costs.

2. Mr. Alexander said the HELP committee wants to make a recommendation on the matter by June or July.

3. He asked Mr. Azar if the Trump administration is "willing to work with us and support our efforts to address these issues like surprise medical bills, prescription drugs, direct primary care, transparency, rebates, other issues?" Mr. Azar said the administration is fully supportive of the efforts.

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