Senate to unveil draft of bills to lower healthcare costs May 23

The Senate's draft of a bipartisan package of bills to lower healthcare costs is scheduled to be released May 23, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R. Tenn., told The Hill

Sen. Alexander, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has been working on the bills with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Their package addresses such issues as surprise medical bills, healthcare cost transparency and drugmaker rebates, The Hill reports. 

"Our goal is to release on Thursday a bipartisan discussion draft for senators and stakeholders to review," Mr. Alexander told reporters May 21

He said it's possible that the healthcare package and another that addresses drug prices could be combined and given to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for floor action in July.


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