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Senate Healthcare Proposals Include Lifting Lifetime Caps

On May 14, 2009, the Senate Finance Committee issued the paper, "Expanding Health Care Coverage: Proposals to Provide Affordable Coverage to All Americans." It specifies policy options that will form the basis for what will eventually be comprehensive healthcare reform legislation. Significantly, the paper includes proposals to eliminate lifetime health insurance caps. This is the clearest indication to date that the issue of lifetime caps and their negative impact on access to healthcare for many Americans has landed squarely and firmly on the national healthcare reform agenda.

This important milestone comes after a concerted effort by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) and a broad range of other organizations to raise lifetime caps. During the past year, NHF and the coalition of partners have helped initiate legislation to raise lifetime caps, introduced in the Senate by Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and in the House by Anna Eshoo (D-CA). We are continuing to support this legislation to bring attention to the issue of lifetime caps and ensure it does not get dropped along the way. Another milestone in this effort is the adoption of lifetime caps by the National Health Council as one of its five key healthcare reform issues this year. NHF is a member of the council.

NHF and its coalition partners sent a letter supporting the Senate Finance Committee’s inclusion of lifetime caps on its agenda. As broad reform legislation emerges in both the Senate and the House, it will be important for members of the bleeding disorders community to reach out to key legislators and let them know how you feel, not only about this issue but also other key issues.

NHF will keep the community informed as healthcare issues continue to develop. We will be asking for your help at critical junctures in the process.

View the coalition letter to the Senate Finance Committee.

View the Senate Finance Committee paper.



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