U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) today released the following statement upon President Obama's signing of historic health insurance reform legislation.
"It's a tremendous day when you see the president signing legislation that no previous Congress has been able to pass for decades," said Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. "I congratulate President Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, for their leadership and this great and historic accomplishment. The debates and the public discourse during the past year have taught us a lot about our nation's people. Ultimately, we Americans did the right thing and got this bill passed. Now it has become the law of the land, alongside Medicare and Social Security, and that is a very, very good thing."
Rep. Pascrell authored two major provisions included in the legislation:
Health Workforce Investment: These workforce innovation provisions are aimed at addressing the shortage health care professionals throughout the nation.
Continuing care hospitals pilot program: This legislation would create, on a trial basis, a new Medicare category for seriously ill or injured patients requiring post-acute care in order to simplify patients' options, which currently include nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals and long-term care facilities. Patients would only receive the services they need, and health care providers will receive reimbursements more easily. Ultimately, patients' out-of-pocket costs would be reduced and their Medicare benefits would be used more efficiently.