The bill would also align provider payments with recommendations made by the Medicare Advisory Payment Commission, create payment alternatives for those health systems that promote coordinated care and would focus on preventive health measures. Government plans, such as Medicaid, would also be expanded and subsidies offered as a way to help defray the cost of coverage.
All told, provisions outlined in the draft document almost ensure a higher price tag than legislation being considered in the Senate. Nevertheless, both parties have so far been stumped in finding ways to pay for a massive bill that could top more than $1 trillion over the next decade.
Meantime, the Joint Committee on Taxation weighed in on the amount of savings that could be found under several types of taxation scenarios, a pivotal process in determining ways to help pay for the massive cost of a reform bill.
The non-partisan committee scored a few possibilities. Under a range of estimates, the committee said that a cap on the tax exclusion for employer-provided health coverage would yield $418.5 billion over the next 10 years, while varying tax increases on soft and hard drinks would total $113.1 billion.
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