JEFFORDS ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE MEETING ON PATIENTS'
BILL OF RIGHTS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, R - Vt., today
attended a meeting at the White House with President Clinton and
other Congressional health care leaders to discuss the Patients'
Bill of Rights. Jeffords, the chairman of the Senate's Health
and Education Committee, is a member of the conference committee on
the legislation that will grant patients new rights, including the
right to pursue complaints against their HMOs.
"I expressed to the President that we must put patients before
politics on this important issue," said Jeffords. "I believe
that as long as we continue to work in good faith, we can find
common ground and give patients the new rights and protections
against their HMOs that they deserve."
Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate
passed two different versions of the Patients' Bill of Rights.
Jeffords is one of twelve Senators who are negotiating a final
version of the bill with the House in a conference committee.
At the meeting they also discussed two of today's other events:
the passage of the Africa Trade bill by the Senate; and Senator