|For Immediate Release
Margaret Sotham, 202/986-2600
COBURN-SHADEGG BILL FAILS WOMEN AND FAMILIES
Statement by Judith L. Lichtman,
National Partnership for Women &
Although Congress already has a prescription to cure managed care's
ills, Representatives Coburn and Shadegg are pushing a placebo instead --
one that would leave untreated many of the problems women and families
face. The Coburn-Shadegg bill announced today is cynically designed to
steer attention away from the strong, bipartisan patient protection
legislation introduced last month by Representatives Norwood and Dingell
and widely endorsed by republican and democratic lawmakers, the president,
and more than 150 patient and provider organizations.
The Coburn-Shadegg proposal fails women and families in some serious
- denies access to potentially lifesaving clinical trials that could
be a woman's last, best hope for beating cancer;
- won't let patients hold managed care plans truly accountable for bad
- gives HMOs, insurance companies, and hospitals license to retaliate
against health professionals who blow the whistle on bad care;
- restricts choice of ob/gyn providers;
- purports to ban "gag" clauses but may actually allow health plans
and employers to keep providers from discussing services like
reproductive health options;
- lets health plans deny access to drugs not on the plan's
predetermined list -- even the best drug for the patient's condition.
The Norwood-Dingell bill (H.R. 2723) gives women and families their
best chance to win meaningful protections. Congress shouldn't be fooled by
the Coburn-Shadegg placebo.
National Partnership for Women & Families.