WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), announced committee passage of the Lower Health Care Costs Act that included her provision to expand telehealth grants to also include funding opportunities for modernized internet, so clinics are able to fully utilize telehealth equipment. The bill passed through the Senate HELP Committee last week with strong bipartisan support. This legislation would help to reduce out of pocket health care costs and improve access to affordable medical care.

“Far too many Nevadans are unable to get proper medical care because of the high cost,” said Senator Rosen. “This bill will protect Nevadans against surprise medical bills, increase transparency in the health care system, allow greater access to cheaper generic drugs, and much more. I’m also thrilled that my provision to improve telehealth grants so they work better for Nevada was included in this legislation. I’ll continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that Nevadans, and Americans across the country, have greater access to more affordable care.”

BACKGROUND: This legislation would put an end to surprise medical billing. This legislation would also extend funding for community health centers, teaching health centers, national health care service corps, and the Special Diabetes Program for five years. This bill also includes provisions to fund discrimination and bias training for health care workers among many other important measures.

Earlier this year, Senator Rosen co-sponsored the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, bipartisan legislation to protect patients from surprise billing in emergency medical situations, and when receiving care in an in-network facility.

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