Health Care Reform Update
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, House Democrats introduced their consensus health bill, HR 3962, at a rally on the Capitol’s West Front. According to House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, the bill could be considered on the House floor as early as November 5,2009The consensus bill prohibits insurance rating based on health status or pre-existing conditions and prohibits annual or lifetime limits on medical spending. It also establishes important consumer protections, including internal and external appeal requirements, provider network adequacy requirements, and greater transparency by insurance companies.
BIAA will continue to monitor the situation closely and alert grassroots advocates if any action is necessary.