December 20, 2019

Health Care Reform Measures in the FY 2020 Spending Bills

On December 17, the House of Representatives passed two final spending measures for Fiscal Year 2020, and the Senate is expected to pass them this week before funding for the federal government expires on December 20. Those bills include provisions to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax, its health insurer tax, and its high cost plan or Cadillac tax.   Sen. Lamar Alexander, who chairs the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, announced that the spending bills also include four provisions from his Committee’s bipartisan bill to lower health care costs.