Health Care Reform Update, July 2009

This week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has been continuing to consider its version of the health care overhaul, while the Finance Committee has yet to begin formal markups, but continues to discuss policy behind closed doors.

In the House, The chairmen of the Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Ways and Means Committees are working on a final draft of a bill that could be released at any time. The House committees plan to mark up the legislation next week.

On July 2, 2009, BIAA circulated comments to the House Committees of Jurisdiction applauding their “efforts to design health care reform that will improve the accessibility, quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of patient care.”

More specifically, the comments expressed BIAA’s support of the protections and standards for qualified health plans included in the draft, such as no imposition of pre-existing condition exclusions, guaranteed access to essential benefits (including rehabilitation services), guaranteed issue and renewal, adequacy of provider networks, limits on cost-sharing, no annual or lifetime limits on coverage, and consumer protections.

BIAA will continue to follow the health care reform considerations carefully and advocate on behalf of the brain injury community.


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