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Centrist Proposal Would Improve Health Coverage for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Bob Graham (D-FL), John Chafee (R-RI), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Max Baucus (D-MT), and Charles Robb (D-VA) today introduced bipartisan H.M.O. reform legislation which ensures that managed care patients receive the benefits and services to which they are entitled.

"It is time that we put aside partisan bickering and restore public confidence in managed care," said Senator Graham. "Our bipartisan plan will protect the 161 million Americans who lack adequate managed care coverage. It ensures that patients receive the benefits and services they deserve."

The Chafee/Graham centrist plan has been praised by medical and consumer groups like the National Association of Children's Hospitals, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, and Families USA. It combines strong consumer protections with strong enforcement provisions and would:

Senate Finance Chairman William Roth has indicated that the Finance Committee will consider managed care reform legislation early this year. Chafee, Graham, Baucus, and Robb are all members of the Finance Committee.

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