Over the course of several weeks, thousands of community members took action
in response to requests from the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) and other
advocacy organizations to oppose legislation that was potentially harmful to
patients with hemophilia. As a result of your calls and letters, U.S. Senate
Bill 1955, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization Act (HIMMA), introduced
by Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY), has been stopped, at least for now.
The bill was designed to broaden access to healthcare coverage for employees
of small businesses. The bill, as drafted, might have wiped out important consumer
protections that now exist in some states. It could also have created a class
of insurance policies that offered inadequate coverage at a high cost.
The bill was defeated on May 11th by means of a procedural motion on the Senate
floor. The motion of "cloture," which ends debate and goes to a vote
on passage, received 43 nays and 55 yeas. Having not received the 60 yeas necessary
to carry the motion forward, debate ended (with no vote on passage) and the
bill was effectively stopped in its tracks. It is possible that a reworded
version of this bill will appear again during a future session. NHF will continue
to monitor this type of legislation and keep you informed of new developments.
Our thanks to all members of the community who helped us defeat this troublesome