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September 16, 2014

Bipartisan Health Bills: Medical Leave, Congressional Plans and Chronic Care Coverage

Despite bitter congressional wrangling over the health care overhaul law and health spending priorities, several bills introduced this week suggest there is some bipartisan consensus on health care issues.

Louisiana Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy offered the House version of a bill that would allow tax credits to employers who provide paid family and medical leave to employees. The bill is a paired with a Senate measure offered by Maine Independent Sen. Angus King.

Separately, New York Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei introduced a bill that would eliminate subsidies to Members of Congress for health insurance coverage and require lawmakers to purchase insurance on their home state exchanges.  Roll Call reported this week on a federal court’s rejection of a legal challenge to the congressional health subsidies spearheaded by Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Also, Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black and Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer joined forces to introduce a bill that seeks to establish a trial of a Medicare Advantage value-based insurance program. The concept will experiment on eliminating co-pays for certain necessary services to entice patients to access care for chronic conditions.

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