May 18,2017

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Hatch, Wyden Applaud Committee Passage of CHRONIC Care Act

WASHINGTON – Today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) applauded Committee passage of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill to strengthen and improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions.
“The CHRONIC Care Act is the culmination of a committee-wide, bipartisan effort to improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions,” Hatch said. “As the first major bipartisan health care bill introduced in the 115th Congress, the CHRONIC Care Act will improve disease management, lower Medicare costs and streamline care coordination services – all with bipartisan solutions and without adding to the deficit. I commend Ranking Member Wyden and Senators Isakson and Warner for their leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure this legislation is enacted into law.”
“Today the Finance Committee has taken a major step towards updating Medicare’s bedrock guarantee to seniors – particularly those with multiple complex chronic illnesses,” Wyden said. “The favorable reporting of the CHRONIC Care Act represents a model of how to make sound health care policy on a bipartisan basis, and I’m hopeful that our collaborative process will lead to these improvements to the Medicare program quickly becoming law.”

The Finance Committee approved the CHRONIC Care Act unanimously by a vote of 26-0.