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Bipartisan Bill Gains Momentum, Worries Industry

MANAGED CARE September 1999. © MediMedia USA
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Bipartisan Bill Gains Momentum, Worries Industry

MANAGED CARE September 1999. ©1999 MediMedia USA

Congress this month will take up a bipartisan managed care reform bill, perhaps the first this year to truly worry the insurance lobby. The bill, sponsored by Georgia Republican Charles Norwood and Michigan Democrat John Dingell, has 65 cosponsors, and is supported by the AMA. It was introduced in the House after the GOP leadership was unable to produce a bill.

Norwood attracted a following from those favoring the right to sue HMOs. Iowa Rep. Greg Ganske, a physician who supports the bipartisan bill, predicts it will become law.

Chip Kahn, president of the Health Insurance Association of America, thinks so, too — but warns that it would expose employers to lawsuits and boost unemployment. The Washington-based Health Benefits Coalition went further in its opposition, dubbing the bill the "Health Insurance Elimination Act of 1999."

Meetings

Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014