COMMITTEE PASSES BILL
On March 18, 1999, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions completed its work on S. 326, the Senate leadership's version of a Patients' Bill of Rights. This bill fails to provide the patient protections that America's families need and deserve.
S. 326 covers only a fraction of the people in this country with employment-based coverage and excludes more than 100 million Americans. Because most of its provisions apply only to the 48 million people in self-insured plans, this bill fails to provide basic protections to millions of Americans and exacerbates the ineffective patchwork system of protections already in place.
In addition to failing to protect millions of Americans, S. 326 is deficient in other ways. For example, S. 326:
When presented with the opportunity to provide each of the consumer protections listed above, the Committee majority voted against amendments that would have added each of these protections.
Don't be fooled -- this is not a Patients' Bill of Rights. There is only one real Patients' Bill of Rights -- S. 6.
National Partnership for Women & Families.