Senate Finance Comm Proposal & Hearings

This page provides links to Senate Finance Committee proposals on health reform, and written testimony presented at the Committee’s key health reform hearings

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus issued a statement on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, after the Finance Committee wrapped up the week’s work and prepared to send its amended mark to CBO for a complete score. On September 16, 2009, Chairman Baucus introduced the America’s Healthy Future Act, and the Finance Committee began marking up this legislation September 22, 2009. The Committee will meet next week to review preliminary CBO scores of the amended package and report the bill out of Committee.

Senator Baucus press release 10-2-09

Senate Finance Committee Bill 10-2-09

9-19-09 Amendments submitted to the Chairman’s Mark: America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009

Summary list of amendments related to reforming the health care delivery system

Amendments related to reforming the health care delivery system

Summary list of amendments related to expanding health care coverage

Amendments related to expanding health care coverage

Summary list of amendments related to financing comprehensive health care reform

Amendments related to financing comprehensive health care reform

Chairman’s Mark, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chair of Senate Finance Committee
America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009
Sept. 16, 2009

Click here to download Baucus Mark 9-16-09

Click here to download CBO Analysis

Click here for Joint Tax Committee analysis

Click here for Press Release

FRAMEWORK FOR COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH REFORM – FINANCE COMMITTEE

Released Tues. Sept. 8, 2009

This document constitutes a framework of a plan for consideration by the Bipartisan Six. The policies outlined here represent many of the policies discussed with Finance Committee members and described in previous options papers. In addition, the policies also reflect the group’s conversations and the group’s work throughout the summer, including throughout the August recess. Chairman Baucus proposes this framework for consideration and response by the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

Click here to read Finance Committee Framework

To submit comments on the Senate Finance Committee’s Health Reform Policy Options email PDF or Word files to Health_Reform@finance-dem.senate.gov
The deadlines for public comments are: Delivery System Reform Policy Options, May 15, 2009; Coverage Reform Policy Options, May 22, 2009; Financing Reform Policy Options, May 26, 2009.

5-18-09 Baucus, Grassley Policy Options for Financing Comprehensive Health Care Reform: Proposed Health System Savings and Revenue Options

5-11-09 Baucus, Grassley Policy Options for Expanding Health Care Coverage:   Proposals to Provide Affordable Coverage to All Americans

4-28-09 Baucus, Grassley Policy Options for Transforming the Health Care Delivery System: Proposals to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Health Care Costs

Roundtable Discussion: “Expanding Health Care Coverage”

May 5 , 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Member Statements:
Max Baucus, MT
Charles Grassley, IA

Witness Statements:

Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D., Vice President, Domestic and Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

John Castellani, President, Business Roundtable, Washington, DC

Gary Claxton, Vice President and Director of the Health Care Marketplace Project, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC

Donald A. Danner, President and CEO, National Federation of Independent Business, Washington, DC

Jennie Chin Hansen, R.N., M.S., F.A.A.N., President, AARP, Washington, DC

Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plan, Washington, DC

R. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC


Len Nichols, Ph.D, Director, Health Policy Program, New America Foundation, Washington, DC

Ron Pollack, J.D., Executive Director, Families USA, Washington, DC

Sandy Praeger, Chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, DC

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., Chair of the Department of Health Policy, George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington, DC

Diane Rowland, Sc.D., Executive Vice President, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC

Raymond C. Scheppach, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Governors Association, Washington, DC

Scott Serota, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Washington, DC

Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union, Washington, DC

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Roundtable Discussion on “Financing Comprehensive Health Care Reform”

May 12 , 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

Member Statements:
Max Baucus, MT
Charles Grassley, IA

Witness Statements:

Stuart H. Altman, Ph.D., Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, HellerSchool for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Joseph R. Antos, Ph.D., Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC

Katherine Baicker, Ph.D., Professor of Health Economics, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA

Leonard Burman, Ph.D., Director, Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute, Washington, DC

Robert Greenstein, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC

Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, DC

James A. Klein, President, American Benefits Council, Washington, DC

Edward Kleinbard, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation, Washington, DC

Gerald M. Shea, Assistant to the President for Governmental Affairs, AFL-CIO, Washington, DC

John Sheils, Senior Vice President, The Lewin Group, Falls Church, VA

Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Project HOPE, Bethesda, MD

Steven Wojcik, Vice President of Public Policy, National Business Group on Health, Washington, DC

Scoring Health Care Reform: CBO’s Budget Options

February 25 , 2009 , at 10:00 a.m.

Member Statements:
Max Baucus, MT
Charles Grassley, IA
Charts referred to in Sen. Grassley’s statement

Witness Statements:

Douglas Elmendorf, Ph.D, Director, Congressional Budget Office

Roundtable to Discuss
Reforming America’s Health Care Delivery System

April 21 , 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in 216 Hart Senate Office Building

Member Statements:
Max Baucus, MT
Charles Grassley, IA

Witness Statements:

Allan M. Korn, M.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Clinical Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Washington, DC

Glenn M. Hackbarth, J.D., Chairman, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Washington, DC

Peter V. Lee, J.D., Executive Director, National Health Policy, Pacific Business Group on Health, San Francisco, CA

Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institute, Washington, DC

Lewis Morris, J.D., Chief Counsel to the Inspector General, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, Washington, DC

Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., FAAN, RN, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia,  PA

Debra Ness, President, National Partnership for Women and Families, Washington, DC

Frank G. Opelka, M.D., FACS, Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Professor of Surgery, Office of the Chancellor, Louisiana State University, Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA

Glenn Steele Jr., M.D., PhD, President, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA

John Tooker, M.D., MBA, FACP, Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA

Richard J. Umbdenstock, FACHE, President and CEO, American Hospital Association, Washington, DC

Ron Williams, Chairman and CEO, Aetna Inc., Hartford, CT

Paul J. Diaz, J.D., President and CEO, Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, KY

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