Alexander, Murray announce hearings on individual market
Senators Patty Murray (left) and Lamar Alexander on Capitol Hill (Alex Brandon / AP)
HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray today announced the first two of four September hearings on the individual market. The first hearing on Sept. 6 will focus on testimony from state insurance commissioners, and the second hearing on Sept. 7 will focus on governors' testimony.
Why it matters: This is a step in their effort to craft a short-term stabilization package after the GOP's partisan health care effort failed.
What's likely to be in the package:
- Funding for the Affordable Care Act's insurer subsidies, which are currently being paid by the Trump administration but which the president has threatened to cut off.
- A more flexible state innovation waiver, although the details on this are unclear, as is the number of years insurer subsidies would be funded.