Congress to tackle MA rates, children's health, uninsured

January 1, 2007

The high-profile health policy issues for the new Congress are to reduce Medicare prescription drug prices and expand federal government funding for embryonic stem cell research. Congressional leaders want to enact legislation that will permit the federal government to negotiate drug prices (see Newswire), a move that eventually could alter the role of private plans in providing healthcare benefits to seniors.

The high-profile health policy issues for the new Congress are to reduce Medicare prescription drug prices and expand federal government funding for embryonic stem cell research. Congressional leaders want to enact legislation that will permit the federal government to negotiate drug prices (see Newswire), a move that eventually could alter the role of private plans in providing healthcare benefits to seniors.

Additional items on the congressional health policy agenda aim to: