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|Thursday, October 7, 1999
AFSCME Applauds Passage of the
(H.R. 2723) Patients' Bill of Rights
WASHINGTON, DC -- The nation's largest public employee and
health care workers union — the American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO — applauds members of the
U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Norwood-Dingell bill,
the strongest most comprehensive patients' rights legislation being
considered by the House.
Today's vote in favor of the Norwood-Dingell Bill (H.R. 2723)
opens the door for true managed care reform. This bipartisan
compromise will provide meaningful reform of managed care with
significant protections for consumers and was the only bill that
truly addressed the abuses of managed care.
With the passage of the Norwood-Dingell Bill health care
consumers are finally in charge of their own health care destiny.
Plans will be held accountable when they wrongfully delay or deny
care. However, it protects employers by making clear that they are
not liable unless they are directly involved in treatment decisions.
The bill also includes important protections for health care
professionals who advocate on behalf of their patients.
A managed care reform bill that places patients over profits has
been a long-time in the making. This bill goes a long way toward
improving the quality of health care for patients.
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