Navigation Links
Montana Now 20th State to Defend Health Care Choice
Date:11/5/2009

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation's largest individual membership association of state legislators, congratulates Montana State Senators Jim Shockley and Greg Hinkle for announcing their intent to introduce a constitutional amendment to protect the right of individuals to make their own health care choices. Montana now becomes the 20th state where legislators have introduced, or will introduce, legislation modeled after ALEC's Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act. The formal announcement will occur on Thursday, November 5 at Noon on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn at 217 N. 27th Street, in Billings.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091014/ALECLOGO)

"We all recognize the need to help make medical care and health insurance more affordable and accessible for more people," said Iowa Representative Linda Upmeyer, minority whip, family nurse practitioner, and chair of ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force. "However, creating new mandates for individuals and employers will not reduce costs or increase competition, it will trample on the rights of individuals to make their own health care choices and hurt our economy," she added.

The Montana constitutional amendment preserves the rights of individuals to pay directly for medical care -- something not allowed in single-payer countries like Canada -- and prohibits any individual from being penalized for not purchasing government-defined insurance. Any state attempt to require an individual to purchase health insurance -- or forbid an individual from purchasing services outside of the required health care system -- would be rendered unconstitutional. The measure may also cause a federalism clash if Congress passes a law with either of these provisions.

"This is not a battle that hasn't been fought before or won before," said Christie Herrera, health policy director for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a state legislator group coordinating the effort.

"States are allowed to give greater constitutional protection than what is provided for in the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution provides a floor, not a ceiling, for the preservation of individual rights," Herrera added.

Montana now joins legislators in eight states (AK, GA, KS, LA, MO, MS, NH, and UT) that have already publicly announced their intention to file legislation to protect their citizens from any health care mandates. Another 11 states have already filed or pre-filed similar legislation (AZ, FL, IN, MN, ND, NM, MI, OH, PA, WV, WY). Arizona's measure, which passed the legislature in June, will be put before voters on the 2010 ballot.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the nation's largest nonpartisan, individual membership organization of state legislators.

SOURCE American Legislative Exchange Council


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Legislative Exchange Council
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Montana Health Care Leader Elected Board Chair of National Association
2. TriWest and Montana VA Launch PTSD Video Conference to Reach Rural Health Care Providers
3. More than 10,000 Medicare Patients in Montana Could Be Hit by Proposed Cuts to Home Oxygen Therapy; Access to Power Wheelchairs Would Also Decrease
4. Montana State University researchers investigate new suspect in West Nile deaths of pelicans
5. Actress, Singer, Songwriter Miley Cyrus, Also Known as Hannah Montana, Adds St. Jude Math-A-Thon(R) Video Host to Her Talents
6. Montana Passes Newborn Screening Law for Cystic Fibrosis
7. Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism Presents Firefighter Health Study
8. Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism presents firefighter health study
9. Montana Community Pharmacy Owner Thanks Sen. Baucus for Including Common-Sense Reimbursement Provisions in Medicare Bill
10. Wet or dry, Montana still threatened by West Nile
11. SwiftMD to Provide Telemedicine Services to New Montana Development
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2017)... Simi Valley, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2017 , ... ... deployed since 2001 suffer from PTSD. Yet less than 20% will receive adequate care ... of those with PTSD won't receive any care at all. And left untreated, veterans ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2017 , ... Antoine Dental Center is now ... standard in tooth replacement and act as a support for prosthetic teeth, such as crowns, ... the existing bone and becomes a sturdy, lasting new root for the tooth. , ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... Lake Tahoe, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2017 , ... ... seeking 10,000 qualified mental health professionals in every state across the country to join ... an easy and rewarding way for therapists to reach a substantially greater number of ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... , ... Create a feel-good lyric music video in Final Cut Pro X with ProLyric from ... write in the lyrics to any song. ProLyric flies in the text for each section ... can be added modularly for optimal control. ProLyric makes editing any music video or text-based ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... , ... June 25, 2017 , ... June is Men’s Health Month and ... most common cancer among men in the U.S. and the third most common cause of ... estimated that one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/5/2017)... June 5, 2017 The Cincinnati ... Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), has been awarded a ... . Results are based on an employee survey ... health and workplace improvement. The survey measures several aspects of ... ...
(Date:5/30/2017)... , May 30, 2017 DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), ... data solutions, today announced that it will be presenting at the ... 8:00 AM PT. Erez Raphael , CEO, of DarioHealth will ... conference will be held on June 6th & 7th, 2017 at ... in the small / micro-cap space. ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... 25, 2017  In response to the opioid epidemic ... Relief is working with Pfizer to make up to ... cost to community health centers, free and charitable clinics, ... "Pfizer has a long-standing commitment to improving ... patient safety through educational activities," said Caroline Roan ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: