Four themes emerged for health-related bills this session:
- Statement Bills Send a Message: Partisan “message bills,” designed to make a point, were plentiful during a session that saw most controversial legislation fail.
- Regulation Draws Reinforcement: More rules for health care professionals and industries were popular among Republicans and Democrats.
- Transparency Gets Murky: Legislators from both parties wanted more transparency in health care, but disagreed on how to accomplish it.
- Health Costs Move to the Forefront: Rising enrollment and costs often made Medicaid the “elephant in the room.”