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Chairman Alexander: In the Senate, Mike Rounds Has Been Focused on Results

Alexander joined Sen. Rounds in South Dakota for a roundtable to discuss ways to reduce health care costs

SIOUX FALLS — After joining U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) in a roundtable discussion, U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said “Mike Rounds has been focused on getting results since coming to the Senate” at a roundtable discussion on how to reduce health care costs.

Alexander continued, “For example, he worked closely with me last year on a bipartisan proposal that independent analysts said would have lowered health insurance premiums by up to 40 percent over three years. Sen. Rounds also cosponsored a bill last year that became law to help Indian tribes better address the opioid epidemic. And this year, in lieu of bipartisan action on Obamacare in a divided Congress, he recognizes the need to tackle the broader problem of rising health care costs.”

Alexander concluded, “I’m grateful to Mike for his partnership in the Senate and for inviting me to South Dakota today to discuss our efforts to pass bipartisan legislation to help create better health care experiences, better health care outcomes and lower health care costs for patients.”

Rounds added, “I’m grateful to have Chairman Alexander join me in South Dakota to hear firsthand the unique challenges facing our health care community. I thank today’s roundtable participants for joining us as we seek to address the pressing issues surrounding health care so that every American has access to quality, affordable health care coverage.”