Bipartisan bill would update CBO health scoring

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Sponsors of the measure underlined the need for accurate budget scoring as chronic illness takes up more and more of U.S. healthcare spending.

A clearer picture of the savings associated with preventive healthcare could help bills that invest in prevention to gain traction, said co-sponsor Rep. Donna Christensen (D-V.I.).

"It will play a pivotal role in ensuring that sound and forward-thinking preventive health proposals are given a more accurate score and thus chance to move in Congress," she said in a statement.

Christensen introduced the measure alongside Rep. Michael BurgessMichael BurgessCommerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee pursues an active agenda Lawmakers press concerns over fuel efficiency rules Conservative committee wants House to vote first on funding bill MORE (R-Texas), who leads the Congressional Health Care Caucus. It had 10 co-sponsors as of Thursday.