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Senate Panel Advances Surprise Billing Curb as Hospitals Object

June 26, 2019, 5:47 PM

Leaders of a Senate health panel are advancing legislation to rein in surprise medical bills and raise the age to buy tobacco products amid a backlash from major players in the hospital industry and some senators.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee backed the legislation on a 20-3 vote Wednesday. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said he hopes the Senate could vote on the package of 54 different proposals, likely coupled with drug-pricing measures from two other committees, in late July.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn)
Photographer: Jim Watson/Getty Images

The spate of bills is designed to combat surprise medical costs by ending the practice of balance...

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