February 23,2015

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Hatch, Upton, and Burr Seek Ideas from Governors on Patient CARE Act

In a Letter to Governors, Leaders Seek to Help States Improve Health Care Options for Americans

WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today sent a letter to the nation’s governors seeking feedback on their recently released Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The Patient CARE Act is a patient-focused legislative blueprint that devolves power from Washington to empower families, small businesses, and states. 

"We believe health care reform will be most successful when accomplished in a transparent and inclusive manner, which is why we want to hear directly from the states,” said Upton, Hatch, and Burr.

The leaders write, “Whether in Medicaid or in the commercial health insurance market, we believe states have a key role to play in expanding access to coverage and helping to lower costs to consumers. The Patient CARE Act would return authority to regulate commercial health insurance to the states, where it best belongs. We would also give states new tools and authorities to help their citizens and manage their costs. Key among our reforms are policies to modernize Medicaid, increase state flexibility and control, and prioritize care for the most vulnerable. Our goal is to recover the proper balance between the federal and state governments in Medicaid and commercial health insurance.”  

Read the complete letter online HERE.

Learn more about the Patient CARE Act online HERE