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Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and West Health Launch Health Savers Initiative

Oct 29, 2019 | Health Care

For Immediate Release

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the West Health Policy Center have launched the Health Savers Initiative, a collaborative research project to develop bold policy solutions to lower health care costs.

The project will focus on making health care more affordable across all payers, including patients, employers, states, and the federal government. It will produce detailed specifications for each policy option along with estimates of fiscal impacts for affected stakeholders.

“The high cost of health care threatens the financial security and well-being of all Americans, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Timothy A. Lash, president of the West Health Policy Center. “Our effort will get to the root cause of skyrocketing health care costs and identify realistic solutions policymakers can deploy to get serious about solutions.”

“Health care is the single largest part of the federal budget, and its rapid growth is a key driver of our rising national debt,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “It’s time for both sides to move beyond their talking points and start working together on evidence-based reforms to improve the value and cost effectiveness of our current system. The right types of policy changes will make health care more affordable for everyone; that includes the federal government.”  

Holly Harvey, director of health policy at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and Cristina Boccuti, director of health policy at the West Health Policy Center, will lead the project.

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For more information, please contact Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget press secretary Patrick Newton at newton@crfb.org or West Health Policy Center director of public affairs Sofia Kosmetatos at skosmetatos@westhealth.org.