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A Look into House Efforts on Hospital and Health Plan Price Transparency

In the 118th Congress, the US House of Representatives is keenly interested in healthcare price transparency. Three House committees—Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce—each approved legislation that would advance price transparency objectives. Generally, these bills seek to codify (or modify) the requirements around hospital and health plan price transparency as previously implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

While there are many similarities between the three bills, the committees and House leadership will need to negotiate certain key differences before a bill is brought to the House floor for a vote. It remains unclear which of the competing bills might get a vote.

This +Insight examines the hospital and health plan transparency provisions of these primary pieces of legislation and compares them with current regulations.

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Analyzing the House Energy & Commerce Committee Health Bill Markup

US lawmakers recently advanced a broad healthcare bill during a US House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee markup. In this Health Policy Breakroom podcast episode, McDermott+Consulting’s Debra Curtis and Rodney Whitlock break down the markup and address extenders, PBMs, site-neutral policies and the timing of this bill.

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Way Too Early Preview: What the Midterm Election Results Might Mean for Health Policy in 2023

Although we are still awaiting final results of the November 8, 2022, midterm elections, the US House of Representatives appears likely to flip to Republican control, while the US Senate will remain in Democratic hands. Changes from one party to another in Congress, even in just one chamber, can mean big changes in policy progress and direction. This article provides an early look into how those in the healthcare sector should view these outcomes and plan for new dynamics from Capitol Hill and health policy priorities.

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Post-Election Committee Membership Tracker

This document serves as a tool to track key congressional positions, as well as potential and pending changes that are relevant to health policy on Capitol Hill. It covers US House of Representatives and US Senate leadership and membership of the healthcare committees of jurisdiction. This tracker will be updated after the election when Congress returns, to determine the answers to the speculation below.

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New Nationwide Ban Against Enforcement of Mandatory Arbitration Agreements in Sexual Misconduct Cases

On February 10, 2022, the US Senate passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the Act), a bipartisan bill that invalidates and renders unenforceable predispute arbitration agreements in any case alleging sexual assault or sexual harassment. The US House of Representatives passed a version of the bill on February 7, 2022. US President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law soon.

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Bipartisan Bill Paves the Way for Significant Retirement Plan Reforms

The House recently passed the most significant piece of proposed retirement plan legislation in more than a decade: the SECURE Act. Although the Senate must also approve the bill before it becomes law, its proposed changes have considerable bipartisan support in Congress. Plan sponsors should start considering how changes included in the SECURE Act could impact their retirement plans. Employers who do not currently offer retirement plans should also review the new retirement plan incentives included in the proposed legislation.

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View From McDermott: Hurricane Survival Guide for Employee Benefit Plans and Employers

According to U.S. News & World Report, estimates for the cost of Hurricane Harvey’s damage have come in as high as $190 billion, and damage estimates for Hurricane Irma are still rolling in but range up to $100 billion. To assist taxpayers affected by these devastating storms, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation have granted multiple forms of relief to taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and other disasters enumerated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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