National Key Votes
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT, WHICH REPLACES THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE LEGISLATION WITH A NEW TEXT. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.
July 24, 1998 (Key vote)
Title: Patients' Bill of Rights Act Amendment
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a substitute amendment to include provisions from the Patients' Bill of Rights Act 1998.
Covers clinical trials for people with serious or life threatening illness.
Gives doctors final determination as to whether a certain treatment is essential.
Guarantees continued care when employers or doctors leave a particular health plan.
Prevents HMOs from giving doctors incentives to deny care.
Provides for continued access to specialists for chronic conditions.
Allows patients to sue their HMO (under state law) for 'personal injury or wrongful death.'
July 24, 1998
Title: Patients' Bill of Rights Act Amendment Sponsors