Posted by: Audrey Erbes | October 22, 2017

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Ready to Go to Senate Floor

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Ready to Go to Senate for Vote

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have reached an agreement on a bipartisan Obamacare deal to fund a key insurance subsidy program and provide states flexibility to skirt some requirements of the health care law. But Republicans were lukewarm about bringing the proposed agreement to the Senate floor this past week.


“The deal would include funding through 2019 for Obamacare’s cost-sharing program, which President Donald Trump cut last week. It would allow states to use existing Obamacare waivers to approve insurance plans with “comparable affordability” to Obamacare plans, Alexander said. But it would notably not allow states to duck the law’s minimum requirements for what a health insurance plan must cover.”

“Sen. Murray and I have an agreement,” Alexander said. “We’re going to round up co-sponsors as best we can.”

“Alexander, Murray strike bipartisan Obamacare deal providing subsidies, state flexibility” at


Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer today said Democrats, independents and Republicans have over 60 votes to pass the legislation. McConnell claims he will bring the bill to floor if President Trump agrees to sign it.

Highlights from Bay Area Life Science Events Week of Oct. 22, 2017

  • PBSS, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 24, 2017, PBSS-San Francisco Bay Workshop, “Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs): Fundamentals, Regulatory Trends and Best Practices,” Speaker: Lisa Helmonds, Vice President, MWA Consulting, Inc.
  • JLABS, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 24, 2017, Topic: “Excited About Your Story: Tell it Like a TED Pro”
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 24, 2017, Topic: “Disrupting the Standard of Care Through the Novel Combination of Wearable Devices and Data Analytics,” Speaker: Justin Cambra, Senior Director of Systems Development, iRhythm Technologies
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Wednesday Evening, October 25, 2017, Topic: Authentic Courage for Decision and Conflict Coaching – AWIS Palo Alto
  • WBA, Thursday Evening, Oct. 26, 2017, Topic: “WIB-SF Leadership Programs: Building a Community of Biotech Women Leaders from Bench to Boardroom”

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through March 2018 with Audreys Picks Oct. 22, 2017.


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