The Senate on Thursday approved a pair of amendments aimed at improving transparency on health insurance.
Senators in a 56-44 vote approved an amendment from Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE (R-S.C.).
Scott said ahead of the vote that his amendment would "make sure that insurance companies increase the transparency on the actual cost of the health insurance tax on monthly premiums."
It creates a deficit-neutral reserve fund to increase awareness during health insurance billings of any ACA tax included in monthly premiums.
Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — Democrats craft billionaire tax with deal in reach Democrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion MORE (W.Va.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBuilding back better by investing in workers and communities Biden signs bill to help victims of 'Havana syndrome' Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district MORE (Colo.) broke rank and voted with Republicans. Manchin is from a state that leans to the GOP, while Bennet is up for reelection in 2016 in a swing state.
Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayUnder pressure, Democrats cut back spending Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised Senate Democrats ditch Hyde amendment for first time in decades MORE (D-Wash.) urged her colleagues to vote no on the amendment, saying it would mean "patients and families get skewed, incomplete information about their health care costs."
Senators also passed an amendment, from Democratic Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOn The Money — Democrats craft billionaire tax with deal in reach Senators weigh future of methane fee in spending bill Senate negotiators homing in on proposal to tax billionaires MORE (Ore.) and Murray, that requires insurers to explain benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
"Many of the Affordable Care Act's greatest successes are getting lost in the noise of political attack adds," Wyden said ahead of the voice vote. "This amendment would require insurers to disclose all of the benefits afforded to consumers through the Affordable Care Act."