House Democrats Release Health Care Reform Legislation

June 23, 2009


Late last week, House Democrats released their proposal for health care reform legislation, which includes a mandate and subsidies for individuals to purchase health insurance. This proposal was drafted by the main committees with jurisdiction over health reform legislation, the House Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees.

The 852-page draft also includes sections that address possible models for a new Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, imaging, medical home, and other workforce issues. Of note, the House bill includes a definition of "principal care" that is consistent with the message advocated by participants in this year’s Neurology on the Hill. In addition, Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN, also spoke about this concept in his testimony to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on April 2, 2009.

The AAN Professional Association will issue comments on this proposal soon. In it, the Academy urges the House to consider the unique needs of neurologists and patients with neurologic disease. Staff is currently working with other physician groups on a health care reform proposal addressing these needs. A revised version of the Senate Finance Committee legislation is expected to be released after the July 4 recess. Please check back on the Advocacy pages of for updates.

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