This post was last updated on February 4th, 2019 at 09:30 am
Healthcare is the utmost priority for United States and the latest breakthrough by senators might just prove extremely beneficial to its people. Senators have found an opening for the legislation to eradicate unexpected medical bills after the President, Donald Trump, showed positive signs on the matter. Trump’s enthusiasm also implies that bipartisan work could catch pace, after recent years of internal tensions.
The problem indicated by senators looks to remove the financial burden from the people, who fail to avail the complete benefits of treatment because of shortage of funds. The Key senators indicated on Thursday that they aspire to work in the coming months across party lines with Trump, and reach the conclusion as soon as possible.
“It will be a priority in our efforts to try to reduce healthcare costs,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He added, “People go to the emergency room and they suddenly are surprised a few weeks later with a bill for $3,000 for an out-of-network doctor. We don’t want that to happen to anyone.”
Alexander met with Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar to discuss the problem and said, he expects the Senate to address it in ” the next several months.” He also met with some top Democrats on the HELP Committee, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., of the Finance Committee.
During the last Congress, senators introduced bipartisan draft legislation to counter the challenges posed by issue. Had the plan been implemented, it would have resulted in stopping the doctors and hospitals from charging the patients for the remainder of a bill that the insurance company didn’t pay. This is especially the case when the patient is treated outside of his health insurance network, and would have had the provider seek payment from the insurer.
Apart from it, the proposal would have also impelled hospitals to raise alarm to the emergency department patients, once their condition is stabilized, that they might be charged if the facility is outside their insurance network.
“The pricing is hurting patients, and we have stopped a lot of it, and we are going to stop all of it, and it’s very important to me,” Trump said at the White House, as he hosted patients who had to bear unexpected costs.
The Senate Finance committee has planned for a hearing on chairing lower costs for prescription drugs for patients on Tuesday. It is expected that meeting could also lead to the topic of surprise medical bills, as patients often end up using drugs in emergency wards without realizing that they carry extremely high charges.
The issue is indeed extremely important and some big strides have already been taken in the matter. Therefore, if Trump keeps supporting the matter, just like he had done up until now, the proposed bill could soon become a law.
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