Managed Care Patient Protections/Friends Committee legislative

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 12:21:01 -0700 (PDT)


FWD  *excerpt* From: Quaker peace and social justice issues
[mailto:QUAKER-P@earlham.edu] On Behalf Of FCNL


             FCNL LEGISLATIVE ACTION MESSAGE
                       June 4, 1998

The following are updates and action suggestions from the
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) for the
coming week.

PATIENT PROTECTIONS UNDER MANAGED CARE:  Increasing
numbers of people in the U.S. are now receiving their
health care through a managed care plan (HMO or PPO).
These plans achieve cost savings, in part, by regulating
patient access to specialists and specialty services.
Patients and families enrolled in such plans are, with
increasing frequency, reporting unreasonable barriers to
getting necessary health care approved from their plans.
In response to these reports, President Clinton last year
appointed an Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection
and Quality in the Health Care Industry.  Six months ago,
the commission recommended the adoption of a Patients'
Bill of Rights.

Two bills which address protections for patients in
managed care plans    the Patients' Bill of Rights Act
(HR 3605/S 1890) and the Patients' Access to Responsible
Care Act (HR 1415/S 644)   have been introduced in
Congress.  The large number of cosponsors on these bills
demonstrates that there is true bipartisan support in
Congress for patient protection legislation.  Numerous
surveys have repeatedly documented the overwhelming
support of voters for such legislation.  Nonetheless,
congressional leaders in both houses have stalled action
on these bills.

ACTION:  Please contact your representative and senators.
Express your support for genuine managed care patient
protection legislation.  Ask them to urge the House and
Senate leadership to schedule quickly a full and fair
debate on such legislation.  Urge your members not to
accept watered-down legislation.

*****

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