Jun 23 2009

Senate Committee and House Tri-Committee Both Release a Draft of Proposed Health Care Reform Legislation

On June 9, 2009, Senator Edward Kennedy of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions released the initial draft of a comprehensive health care reform bill – the American Health Choices Act (the “AHCA”). According to a press release available on Senator Kennedy’s web site, the AHCA includes five major elements:

  1. Choice: Providing Americans with a choice between the coverage they have now, and new, more affordable options.

  2. Cost Reduction: Reducing health care costs and minimizing fraud, abuse and unnecessary procedures.

  3. Prevention: Promoting practices to prevent disease before it arises.

  4. Health System Modernization: Investing in a workforce for a modern and responsive health care system.

  5. Long Term Care and Services: Enabling the elderly and disabled to live at home and function independently.

The full text of the AHCA is available here.

On June 19, 2009, a Tri-Committee consisting of the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor released its discussion draft of health care reform legislation. The Tri-Committee’s plan addresses health insurance coverage and choice, health insurance affordability, shared responsibility among employees and employers, prevention and wellness, workforce investments and cost control. You can view the Tri-Committee’s summary of the draft legislation here and the full text of the draft here.