Bipartisan bill would update CBO health scoring

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 BurgessGoonies, Pokemon and ‘transsexual shake’ speak to raucous scene at convention FDA to finalize rules on lab tests over GOP opposition Lawmakers: Smartphone health apps need to be smarter MORE (R-Texas), who leads the Congressional Health Care Caucus. It had 10 co-sponsors as of Thursday.