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August 24, 1999 | From Associated Press
The American Medical Assn. on Monday announced its endorsement of a Democrat-led House plan to better protect the rights of patients in managed care plans. The decision by the AMA, made by its board at a meeting over the weekend in Chicago, was praised by President Clinton for sending "a strong message to Congress" that it is time to pass meaningful patient-rights legislation. The legislation, sponsored by Reps. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) and Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.
January 9, 1988
Dan J. Bradley, 47, former president of the Legal Services Corp., the government agency that provides legal services for the poor. Bradley, one of 64 people arrested last June across from the White House during a Human Rights Campaign Fund-sponsored protest of the Administration's AIDS policies, was a co-founder of the fund. He had gone into private law practice in Miami after leaving the Carter Administration in 1981.
July 1, 2001 | From Reuters
West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise on Saturday offered his state as firsthand proof that a patients' bill of rights protects people without driving up the cost of health care. In a victory for Democrats, the Senate approved a patients' rights bill, 59-36, on Friday. It would give Americans sweeping health care rights and the power to sue HMOs and insurers if treatment is denied. The measure now goes to the GOP-controlled House.
January 15, 2001
Re: "Ways to Optimize Your Care This Year" (Jan. 8): In late July, my wife of 32 years was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. Since that time, I have been engaged in what are genuinely life-or-death battles with our HMO and the "medical group" that ultimately is responsible for treatment. Even while trying to learn the difficult role of becoming primary caregiver to someone with a debilitating disease, I have had to spend upward of half of some days fighting the HMO system to obtain what should be clearly obvious treatment for my wife.
A local patient advocacy group founded by a disillusioned HMO patient has flourished to such a degree it is now backed by the Ventura County Medical Society and its actions are cited nationwide as a way to make managed care medicine work as advertised. A year after starting Patient Advocacy Management Inc.
May 15, 2001 | From Reuters
A key Senate ally of President Bush will propose a patients' bill of rights today that would give new protections to patients while setting strict limits on court awards against health plans accused of misconduct. The bill's long-awaited introduction by Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) could trigger a major health care fight on the Senate floor pitting the Bush administration against Sens. John McCain and Edward M.
August 2, 1999
Last month, Senate Republicans passed a "patients' rights" managed care bill whose dubious promise was underscored by a provision allowing HMOs themselves to define what constitutes medically necessary treatment. Both political parties postured for the cameras with much storm and fury: Democrats denounced the measure as toothless. Republicans insisted they were only trying to keep health care costs down to prevent individuals and employers from being "priced out" of the insurance market.
April 15, 1987 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer and
As lawyers gather again this morning in an El Cajon courtroom to debate whether 92-year-old Anna Hirth will be allowed to exercise her "right to die," the San Diego area medical community finds itself in an awkward position.
February 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
Last-minute Clinton administration regulations giving Medicaid patients a host of new rights are on hold and under review by the Bush administration, which will be forced to step quickly into the debate over patients' rights. The new administration issued a blanket order on President Bush's first day in office freezing all pending regulations until they can be reviewed.
November 7, 1997
Managed care has enjoyed breathtaking growth in recent years, and here in California, where more than 90% of those with insurance are enrolled, "HMO" has becomes a virtual synonym for health care. But a survey released this week makes clear that managed care, while widespread, has a serious image problem. The survey, conducted by Harvard University and the Kaiser Family Foundation, is the most thorough look yet at public attitudes toward HMOs.
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