Consumers Dodge A Bullet In The Form Of Patientsí Bill Of Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 23, 1999

CONTACT: Richard Coorsh

(202) 824-1787

rcoorsh@hiaa.org

The following statement was released today by Chip Kahn, President of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA):

HIAA is pleased with the Senateís decision last night to stop adoption of the Democratís Patientsí Bill of Rights legislation that would effectively raise costs and the number of people uninsured. While consumers dodged a bullet this time around, proponents of so-called "patient protection legislation" are expected to keep the gun loaded on the issue.

This delay is good news for consumers who need affordable health coverage and access to basic care. The Patientsí Bill of Rights legislation includes mandates that would hurt consumers because it will increase the cost of health insurance premiums as well as the number of uninsured Americans. We urge members of Congress to recognize that "patient protection legislation" should protect consumersí access to affordable quality health care.

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