Patients' Bill of Rights in the 106th Congress:
On October 7, 1999, the House
of Representatives passed the Norwood-Dingell bill by an
overwhelming majority, sending a message to the managed care
industry: put patients before profits! The House successfully
defeated three substitute bills that provided for fewer protections.
The Norwood-Dingell bill delivers the basic patient protections
Americans want and need.
Release: Norwood/Dingell Passage a Victory for Women &
Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Daschle
(D-SD) took the Norwood-Dingell patientsí bill of rights to the
Senate floor for a vote on June
8, 2000 where it was defeated by a margin of only ONE vote.
On June 29, 2000, the Senate passed a revised version of the
patients' rights bill that passed the Senate in
July,1999. The revised bill, called the "Nickles Amendment,"
fails to give patients the protections they need. Click
here to read how this bill compares to the bipartisan
Congress Adjourns Without Enacting the Bipartisan
Norwood-Dingell Patients' Bill of Rights Into Law
The 106th Congress returned to work in December 2000 for a rare,
post-election lame-duck session, but did not take action on the
long-stalled patients' bill of rights, such action is considered
Looking ahead to the 107th Congress, which convenes in January,
patients' rights advocates will be better poised for victory because
at least 4 opponents of the bipartisan Norwood-Dingell bill lost
their seats in the Senate and were replaced by supporters of strong
patient protections. With this shift in the Senate, the push for a
strong, enforceable patient protection bill will be stronger than