|February 4, 2000 |
HARKIN ANNOUNCES PATIENTS' RIGHTSIowa Senator Has Been Calling for the Conferees to Meet
CONFEREES TO FINALLY
WASHINGTON --- U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the
conference committee to work out difference between the House and Senate
on the Patients' Bill of Rights will finally meet Thursday, February
10. Harkin, who is a Senate conferee on the legislation, is a senior
member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
"Hardworking American families have waited long enough," said Harkin.
"It is time to get to work and produce a bill that puts patients and their
doctors in the driver's seat when it comes to their health care. American
families have been sitting in the waiting room for this legislation too
In October, the House of Representatives passed the Patients' Bill of
Rights which provides strong health care protections to patients against
HMOs. In early 1999, the Senate passed much weaker patient legislation.
The Senate appointed conferees in October, the House appointed conferees
to the bill last week. Harkin is the only conferee from Iowa.