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National Patient Advocate Foundation Encouraged by New Senate Health Care Reform Bill Provisions, Urges Additional Patient Protection Measures in Final Legislation
Date:12/23/2009

mprovements are needed in order to effectively improve chronically and severely ill Americans' access to quality health care:

  • Apply insurance reforms, including the elimination of preexisting condition exclusions, to all markets including large group and self-insured;
  • Provide a transitional reduction in the preexisting condition look-back and waiting periods (as in the House bill);
  • Eliminate lifetime and annual coverage limits, on both dollar value and service/disease specific; and
  • Provide at least $2 billion a year to fund the high-risk pool for high-risk patients, and limit age rating in the risk pool at 2 to 1.

"As we approach the holidays, we at NPAF and the millions of patients we serve in conjunction with our companion organization, the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), are thankful for our lawmakers' work to improve the quality of our health care system and their foresight in including policy provisions that will have a measurable impact on patients' access to necessary care," added Davenport-Ennis. "Our work must not stop here, and we will continue to look to our lawmakers throughout the holiday season and beyond to help us make certain that our nation succeeds in providing affordable, high-quality and effective health care for all."

For more information see www.npaf.org.

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