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S Amdt 702 - Patients' Bill of Rights Amendment - Key Vote

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Richard Shelby voted Yea (Tabling Vote) on this Amendment.

Read statements Richard Shelby made in this general time period.

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Amendment - Amendment Tabled (Senate) (53-47) - (Key vote)

Title: Patients' Bill of Rights Amendment

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to table an amendment that would expand health care services for patients enrolled in managed care plans.

Highlights:
  • Stipulates that women do not need a referral from their primary care provider to receive care from obstetricians and gynecologists.
  • Requires insurers to provide emergency services to covered patients without prior authorization and whether or not the facility is a preferred provider.
  • Requires that patients be granted access to specialists without a referral if their condition warrants it.
  • Prohibits health insurers from discriminating against participants, enrollees, or beneficiaries.
  • Calls for claims to be reviewed by external review boards and independent medical specialists to determine whether an insurer should have paid for a particular service and what reparations they may owe to the patient.
  • Requires health care plans to follow the joint determination of doctor and patient on the period of time deemed necessary for a hospital stay following a mastectomy, lumpectomy or lymph node dissection for the treatment of breast cancer.
Note:

NOTE: A SENATOR MAY MOVE TO TABLE ANY PENDING LEGISLATION, THUS HALTING FURTHER CONSIDERATION. A "YEA" VOTE IS IN SUPPORT OF HALTING FURTHER CONSIDERATION, AND A "NAY" VOTE IS IN SUPPORT OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION. TABLING MOTIONS ARE OFTEN USED TO KILL LEGISLATION.

Amendment - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Patients' Bill of Rights Amendment

Sponsors

  • Thomas A. 'Tom' Daschle (SD - ) (Out Of Office)
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