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Federal Relations: Health Care Price Transparency Sought; ACA Lawsuit Filed; Medical Device Tax Meeting Held

2018-03-02T13:26:50+00:00March 2nd, 2018|

– Senator Todd Young is part of a bipartisan group of senators seeking feedback from the health care and patient communities as they develop legislation to improve price transparency in the health care market and lower costs. The senators are specifically seeking responses to a dozen questions ranging from regulatory barriers to big data to cash prices.

“Real world experience and evidence-based policies from health care stakeholders and experts will be important to craft a policy that most positively affects consumers and involves best practices from providers and states,” the bipartisan group wrote to stakeholders. “We all agree that health care costs are too high and now is time to move toward a system that is more open, efficient, and accountable to the needs of the modern patient.” Read the full text of the senators’ letter.

– Indiana is now among 20 states in a Constitution-based legal attack on Obamacare. The multi-state lawsuit, filed this week in a Texas district court, contends that the individual mandate – and thereby the entire Affordable Care Act – is unconstitutional as a result of a new law that ended tax penalties for not buying health insurance. The big question is what might happen to the Healthy Indiana Plan, which is funded through the Affordable Care Act, if the lawsuit is successful.

– On Wednesday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) met with members of the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council and released the following statement:

“The medical device industry is an important source of economy activity and good-paying jobs in the state of Indiana, employing thousands of Hoosiers at more than 150 companies located across the state – including in the Eighth District. It is important that these innovative Hoosier companies have the opportunity to expand their manufacturing and production across the state,” Bucshon said. “Whether it is working to enact relief from Obamacare’s medical device tax or streamlining Washington red tape, I will continue to be a leading voice for common sense public policies that support the manufacturing of life-saving technology in the Hoosier state.”

– This week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with 41 bipartisan Senators. This resolution recognizes February 2018 as CTE Month.

“By designating February 2018 as Career and Technical Education Month, this resolution recognizes the importance of career and technical education and encourages more educators and students to seek out CTE programs. Preparing the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow will lead to more opportunities, a stronger economy and a highly skilled workforce,” said Young, who hosted an event in Hammond last week coinciding with CTE Month.

Resource: Caryl Auslander at (317) 264-6880 or email: causlander@indianachamber.com