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Overnight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus


Welcome to Tuesday’s Overnight Health Care.

Surprise medical billing took center stage in the House where the Education and Labor legislation on the issue advanced through committee. The CBO also scored the Ways and Means bill, and the White House issued a warning. We break it all down below.

 

Big day for surprise medical bills! 

First the Education and Labor Committee advanced its bill out of committee 32-13, but not before some divisions were exposed. 

Unusual alliances: The different coalitions on surprise medical billing are fascinating to watch, as they don’t follow the usual partisan alignments. 

Both committee Chairman Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions Ex-HHS chief threatens to vote ‘no’ on surprise medical billing measure MORE (D-Va.) and the top Republican on the panel, Rep. Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions Ex-HHS chief threatens to vote ‘no’ on surprise medical billing measure MORE (R-N.C.), supported the bill. 

But a bipartisan group of lawmakers opposed the measure, instead supporting a rival bill from the House Ways and Means Committee that is more favorable to doctors and hospitals, who have lobbied hard against the Education and Labor approach, worrying they would see damaging cuts to their payments under it. 

Reps. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America’s Health Care Future — House committees unveil surprise billing legislation | US waiting for China to accept coronavirus help | Facebook vows to fight vaccine misinformation after child’s death MORE (D-Fla.), Joe MorelleJoseph (Joe) MorelleOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions Democrats divided on surprise medical bill fix MORE (D-N.Y.), Phil RoeDavid (Phil) Phillip RoeOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions House passes bill to allow VA to fund service dogs for veterans with PTSD MORE (R-Tenn.) and Kim SchrierKimberly (Kim) Merle SchrierOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions Giffords gun reform group backs eight ‘strong women’ in House reelection bids MORE (D-Wash.) were among the lawmakers to rebel against the Education and Labor legislation. Roe and Schrier are doctors themselves and warned about its impact on doctors.  

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Meanwhile, the White House weighs in

A statement from the White House warned against the overuse of arbitration to resolve billing disputes, saying it could drive up health care costs. 

That means the White House is raising concerns with the approach from the House Ways and Means Committee in favor of a rival approach favored by both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. 

Strange bedfellows: The administration is siding with consumer groups and unions, traditional Democratic allies. The White House is now more aligned with the AFL-CIO on the issue than some Democratic lawmakers, including House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus White House warns of raising health costs in debate over surprise medical bills Democrats, GOP spar over Treasury rules on Trump tax law MORE (Mass.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerWhite House warns of raising health costs in debate over surprise medical bills An impeachment post mortem: Not the death of democracy Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer MORE (N.Y.).

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On the coronavirus front…

 

Testing mistake leads to coronavirus patient being discharged from hospital

An error mistakenly led to a patient being discharged from a San Diego hospital, despite testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the individual was an evacuee from Wuhan, China, who was under federal quarantine.

But the patient had been allowed to leave UC San Diego hospital and return to the quarantine site after a “mix-up” with the testing results, a CDC official told reporters Tuesday. 

The patient was the 13th confirmed case of the virus in the U.S. 

“It turns out there was probably a mix-up, and the original test wasn’t negative,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC. 

“There has been a new test collected in order to understand whether the person is still symptomatic, so there was just a little bit of a mix-up there.” 

Schuchat did not provide any information about how the mix-up happened. 

According to a brief statement released by UC San Diego Health late Monday, four patients admitted to its isolation units last week were discharged back to their quarantine quarters at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after the CDC said coronavirus tests came back negative.

Further testing revealed that one of the four patients tested positive for coronavirus, the statement said. The patient was readmitted after experiencing symptoms. 

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195 Americans released from quarantine 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 195 Americans from quarantine Tuesday, two weeks after they were evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak. 

The individuals, who are mostly State Department employees and their families, were quarantined at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif.

“Today is the 14th day of the quarantine of the individuals who were on the first charter flight returning from Wuhan province and they are currently being assessed to make sure they remain symptom-free, and then we hope they will be released to travel to their home today,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, told reporters Tuesday ahead of the release.

The State Department had charted five flights to evacuate more than 800 Americans from China. Tuesday marks the first set of those passengers to be released from quarantine. 

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Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the Trump administration over a new rule requiring insurers to send a separate bill for abortion coverage.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, claims the rule is designed to make insurance companies stop offering coverage for abortion.

Under the rule, insurance companies that sell plans on the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces will be required to send two separate bills to customers — one for the coverage of abortion care, and another for coverage of other health care.

The second bill won’t be an add-on charge, but the administration acknowledged that the rule change will create extensive new burdens at a cost of more than $1 billion for the next decade. It would affect more than 3 million customers.  

Read more here.

 

In other abortion news..

 

Klobuchar: ‘We need to build a big tent’ for anti-abortion Democrats

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWinners and losers from the New Hampshire primary Sanders on NH victory: Win is ‘beginning of the end for Donald Trump’ Buttigieg congratulates Sanders on ‘strong showing’ in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) on Tuesday said that the Democratic Party should be a “big tent” for people of different beliefs, including those who oppose abortion rights.

Klobuchar, who is running as a centrist candidate and alternative to Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWinners and losers from the New Hampshire primary Sanders on NH victory: Win is ‘beginning of the end for Donald Trump’ Buttigieg congratulates Sanders on ‘strong showing’ in New Hampshire MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWinners and losers from the New Hampshire primary Sanders on NH victory: Win is ‘beginning of the end for Donald Trump’ 5 takeaways from the New Hampshire primary MORE (D-Mass.), said while she is “pro-choice” but she doesn’t think the party should shut out Democrats who disagree.

“There are pro-life Democrats, and they are part of our party, and I think we need to build a big tent,” she said.

Supporting abortion rights is a key part of the Democratic National Committee’s platform. Campaign groups like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have faced pressure from progressives to stop supporting Democrats who oppose abortion rights. 

The Democratic Attorneys General Association announced in November it would only endorse candidates that support abortion access.

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What we’re reading

In Trump’s budget, big health care cuts but few details (New York Times)

In reelection bid, a GOP lawmaker campaigns on Pelosi’s drug pricing bill (Stat News)  

Some experts worry as a germ-phobic Trump confronts a growing epidemic (New York Times)

One defensive strategy against surprise medical bills: set your own terms (Kaiser Health News)

 

State by state

Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump says military may consider disciplining Vindman | Dems pick up another Republican for Iran war measure | Watchdog says over 2,000 people killed rebuilding Afghanistan Republicans scramble to avoid Medicare land mine Overnight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus MORE‘s challenger Amy McGrath looks to attract moderate voters in new ad (Courier-Journal)

In South Dakota, a budding transgender movement is taking on conservative lawmakers — and winning (Washington Post)

 

From The Hill’s opinion page

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