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Ohio Healthcare Organization Responds to Healthcare Reform
Date:9/17/2009

ity of care over the quantity of services delivered. We believe that the work we do every day at Summa is a model for reforming our health system, and we are anxious to help lead the charge in these new pilot programs being proposed.

Finally, the President announced that his Administration will immediately explore ways to reform medical malpractice through medical malpractice demonstration grants. We share the view that malpractice reform is an important component of a reformed system.

Congressional Developments

Of the five committees in the House and Senate working on health insurance reform legislation, the Senate Committee on Finance is the only committee that has yet to consider and pass a bill. Senator Baucus (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released his legislative proposal for health reform on September 16, 2009 with Committee markup scheduled for the week of September 22, 2009. Many observers consider the Finance Committee process pivotal, as it has been the one committee with health care jurisdiction that has negotiated its proposal in a bipartisan manner. Highlights of this proposal include:

  • Tax credits to help low- and middle-income families purchase insurance in the private market;
  • Tax credits for small businesses to help them offer insurance to their employees;
  • Reforms of the insurance market to end discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and health status;
  • Elimination of yearly and lifetime limits on the amount of coverage provided by health plans;
  • Opportunities to create and choose non-profit, consumer-owned and oriented plans (CO-OP);
  • Standardization of Medicaid coverage for everyone under 133 percent of the federal poverty level;
  • Initiatives for Medicare to reward better care, not just more care; and
  • Measures to encourage a
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