Posted by Frank on April 09, 1999 at 21:11:32:
One of the most significant civil justice issues under
consideration in the Congress--one in which there is potential for expansion of legal rights--is the Patients' Bill of Rights (S. 6 and H.R. 358), which would eliminate the ERISA preemption and allow patients to hold their managed care insurers legally accountable for denial or delay of needed medical care.
In order to build support for the Patients' Bill of Rights, Congressional proponents and the Clinton Administration are unveiling an online petition drive as part of a national rally day on April 9th to draw support for real managed care reform.
****PLEASE sign this important petition, which you can find by visiting www.atlanet.org and clicking on "Support Real Managed Care Reform."****
The idea of the petition is to build grassroots support for managed care reform before managed care reform legislation goes to the House and Senate floors.
ATLA anticipates floor action on managed care legislation in the U.S. Senate as soon early as May. S. 326 by Senator Jim Jeffords (R-VT), the legislation supported by the opponents of the Patients's Bill of Rights does not provide patients with any additional remedies and does not even offer truly independent external appeals.
We need to build support today for the Patients' Bill of Rights, which will be offered as a substitute to S. 326 on the Senate floor.
****Support the Real Patients' Bill of Rights.
Sign the Online Petition Today.****
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