Today, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) voted with a majority of her Senate colleagues for health care reform legislation that marks a major step toward bringing spiraling health care costs under control. The health care reform bill, passed 60-39 in a Christmas Eve vote, includes several provisions introduced by Senator Cantwell aimed at significantly cutting costs while improving quality and expanding coverage. These provisions, if signed into law after House-Senate negotiations, will deliver significant cost savings for Washington state residents.
“Getting health care costs under control is our first order of business,” Senator Cantwell said. “This bill contains key provisions I introduced in committee that will significantly cut costs in Washington state and across the country. A new Medicare reimbursement model and federal funding for the Basic Health Plan will significantly benefit Washington state doctors, patients and taxpayers.”