Ross Introduces PATIENT Health Care Act

Statement

By:  Dennis Ross
Date: July 15, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) introduced H.R. 2688, the "Providing Accountability & Transparency to Incentivize Economically Necessary Transitions in Health Care" Act (PATIENT Health Care Act) today. This plan encourages healthy competition among providers and manufacturers to help lower the cost of health insurance. It provides individuals with more options to save for personal health expenditures, and the cost of purchasing health insurance. The PATIENT Health Care Act also gives people with pre-existing conditions access to health care.

"My plan sets the foundation for developing a transparent, consumer-driven health care marketplace that encourages high-quality health care services and products at the lowest possible price," said Ross.

"People should have more say over what benefits are included in their health insurance plan. They shouldn't be forced to purchase unnecessary coverage, one of the many reasons why the cost of health insurance is so high. By expanding the use of Health Savings Accounts, we can make it more affordable for people to plan for the future health expenses of themselves and their children, whether or not they have a job or a perfect slate of health. Everyone should have the option to keep the health coverage they have wherever they go.

"By increasing the incentives to use individual Health Savings Accounts and allowing consumers to purchase their own health insurance based on their needs -- not government mandates -- we can move toward solutions that are patient-centered and benefit all Americans."

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