U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, at the request of Senators Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins, announced he would wait until 2018 to address the market stabilization measures often discussed as a remedy to the stopped CSR (cost-sharing reduction) funding and the repeal of the individual mandate included in the tax reform bill - the Alexander-Murray market stabilization package (CSR funds and expanded 1332 waivers) and the Collins reinsurance fund. Given current difficulty generating bipartisan support for the Recently passed continuing resolution (CR) following passage of tax reform, leadership did not want to risk shutting down the government by including these measures in the CR.
On the House side, the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus (co-chaired by WNY Congressman Tom Reed) introduced H.R. 4695, which includes provisions to fund CSRs, establish a 10-year $115 billion stability fund for states, and streamline the process for section 1332 waivers.
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