Today, the Senate Finance Committee convened its first of three roundtable discussions on health care reform. Opening statements by the Committee Chairs, Max Baucus and Charles Grassley restated the need for reform and called for collaboration to resolve the health care delivery system.
The next two roundtables will be on coverage and benefits (week of May 5th) and funding (week of May 19th). The “mark up” process is expected to be conducted in June, with an eye to having formal legislation finalized in August. Similar conversations are occurring on the house side across three committees of jurisdiction: Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; and Health Education and Labor.
Read the participant’s testimonies from today’s roundtable here.