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Blue Dogs Back the Alexander-Murray Health Care Bill

The fiscally-responsible Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017, which stabilizes premiums and the individual health insurance market, and improves the Affordable Care Act. The bipartisan health care bill was introduced in the Senate last week by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Blue Dog Leadership to House Republicans: We Must Act Now on a Bipartisan Solution for Health Care

Today, the co-chairs of the fiscally-responsible Democratic Blue Dog Coalition—Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)—released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order to end cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments:

Blue Dogs Endorse Bill to Prevent Dramatic Drug Price Hikes

Washington – Today, while the House Oversight Committee holds a bipartisan hearing with officials from Mylan, titled “Reviewing the Rising Price of EpiPens,” the Blue Dog Coalition endorsed a bill that could prevent dramatic price hikes like that of the EpiPen. H.R. 4784, the Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act helps streamline the FDA approval process on generic drugs, and encourages competition by providing incentives for more generics to come to the market.

Blue Dog Coalition Supports Giving Small Businesses Flexibility in Providing Healthcare

WASHINGTON – The Blue Dog Coalition announced their support for H.R. 2911, the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act.  The legislation seeks to roll back problematic regulations put in place to implement the Affordable Care Act that fine businesses with less than 50 employees for offering Healthcare Reimbursement Agreements (HRAs) to reimburse their employees for healthcare-related expenses. Employees can use these funds to purchase healthcare on the individual market or for out-of-pocket medical expenses.