Healthcare……..

Healthcare Bills: House Version & Senate Version

Now, time for articles on the much discussed topic.  You’ll find articles from various organizations/news outlets, such as the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and more.

In a letter to Senate leaders, ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, said the proposed legislation includes a number of strong provisions that would significantly improve the health care system for cancer patients by refocusing the system to emphasize prevention; guaranteeing quality, affordable coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions; reducing the cost burden on families; eliminating lifetime coverage limits; covering routine health costs for those who enroll in clinical trials; and emphasizing patients’ quality of life.

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In the battle to control spiraling prescription drug costs, the Senate made an advance and a retreat late Tuesday as it pledged to close the infamous “doughnut hole” coverage gap in Medicare Part D even as it voted to kill a measure that would have permitted Americans to buy cheaper drugs from other countries such as Canada.

AARP had pushed aggressively for the Senate’s health care reform bill to close the Part D coverage gap and to allow the importation of less expensive drugs.

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American Dental Association Urges Senate to Reject Proposal to Tax Cosmetic Procedures: In keeping with its long-standing policy opposing taxes on dental procedures, the American Dental Association today sent a letter to all members of the Senate, asking them to reject a proposal to enact a 5-percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery.

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The Need for Health Care Reform:  When people with diabetes face a health care system that leaves them without adequate coverage, or any coverage at all, they often forgo the care needed to prevent, delay or slow diabetes progression. Without adequate care, too many suffer needlessly from preventable life-limiting or life-threatening complications, and require more expensive care later.

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While the Senate focused attention Thursday on the defense spending bill until the wee hours of the morning, Senate Republicans began to put pressure on another area to stop the healthcare reform bill. A current GOP governor and four GOP senators, who were once governors (from New Hampshire, Idaho, Nebraska, and Tennessee), said they oppose the “unfunded mandate” of Medicaid expansion included in the bill.

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We learned today from the Congressional Budget Office that this bill will reduce the deficit by $132 billion over the first decade, and more than $1 trillion in the decade after that. That makes it the biggest deficit-reduction effort in over a decade. All while expanding coverage to 30 million more Americans.

But bringing down the deficit and expanding coverage are only part of what insurance reform will do. And today the Senate introduced a package of changes to their bill that will make critical progress in ensuring competition, providing affordable choices, and holding the insurance companies accountable.

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