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Legislation Comparison Grid TemplateUse this document to complete Part 1 of the Module 2 AssessmentLegislation Comparison Gridand Testimony/Advocacy StatementHealth-relatedBill NameLower Health Care Costs ActBill NumberS. 1895DescriptionThis bill has multiple factors with the main purpose to lower health carecost. There are five main parts to this bill with starting with endingsurprise medical bills.Another main aspect to this bill is an attempt toreduce the prices of prescription drugs.The three remaining items ofthis bill are improving the transparency in healthcare, improving publichealth, and improving the exchange of health information (GovTrack.us,2019).The ending of surprise medical bills is to protect the consumeragainst out-of-network deductibles.Many of the emergency physicians,anesthesia partners, and radiology specialist would be most affected bythis effort as they are the providers that are not listed in-network or donot buy into the network through the insurance companies.The healthcare cost act would guarantee in-network cost for deductible cost,benchmark for payment, and simplify emergency air ambulance billing.The next major action with this bill is to reduce the prices ofprescriptions cost.This is addressed by ensuring timely access togeneric drugs, prevent companies the ability to block generics, biologicalproduct patent transparency, orange book modernization, protectingaccess to biological products, education on biological products,biological product innovation, and clarify meaning of new chemicalentity.The improvement of transparency in healthcare, improving publichealth, and improving the exchange of health information are parts of thebill that less controversial.They will set up programs specific toeducation to improve public health.There are also requirements andprocesses created to assist with transparency and the exchange(Congress.gov, n.d.).Federal or State?FederalLegislative IntentThe intent of this bill is to lower health care cost through the lowering ofdeductibles from out-of-network providers and getting access to generic© 2018 Laureate Education Inc.1Legislation ComparisonGrid Template
prescriptions quicker.There is language that closes loopholes in theproduct patents. Another way of lowering the cost is educating people tohealthier lifestyles which would eliminate needs of some health care.

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