5 Controversial Ideas For Shoring Up Health Insurance Markets

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander chairs the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee; Sen. Patty Murray is the committee’s ranking Democrat.

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Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander chairs the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee; Sen. Patty Murray is the committee’s ranking Democrat.

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With Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act stalled, tentative bipartisan initiatives are in the works to stabilize the fragile individual insurance market that serves roughly 17 million Americans.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee says it plans to launch hearings next week to stabilize premiums in the individual insurance market — hearings that will feature state governors and insurance commissioners. A bipartisan group in the House is also working to come up with compromise proposals.

Senate To Hold Bipartisan Hearings To Stabilize Insurance Markets