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Senators approve health insurance amendments

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 Scott (R-S.C.). 
 
{mosads}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 Manchin (W.Va.) and Michael Bennet (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 Murray (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 Wyden (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.” 
Tags Joe Manchin Michael Bennet Patty Murray Ron Wyden Tim Scott

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