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Bipartisan health care bill proposed to stabilize market
Bipartisan health care bill proposed to stabilize market

[JURIST] Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) [official websites] proposed a bipartisan bill [text] Wednesday intended to “stabilize individual market premiums for the 2018 and 2019 plan years and provide meaningful State flexibility.”

The bill is co-sponsored by 24 senators, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, and the draft currently proposed would stabilize funding of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. President Donald Trump had previously announced the end of the CSR payments [JURIST report]. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) [official website] released a report [test, PDF] in August determining that terminating CSR payments could greatly affect the market’s stability and cause an increase in premiums, loss of some types of insurance in some areas of the country, and increase federal deficits.

This plan has been in the works for months as the two senators had previously attempted [CNN report] to set up a bipartisan plan from August into September.