The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed its portion of the health reform legislation and have now sent it to the Senate floor. The legislation hopes to expand insurance coverage to nearly every American.
“This time we’ve produced legislation that by and large I think the American people want,” said Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), who stood in for committee chairman Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA). Kennedy, who’s made health care legislation a lifelong priority, is being treated for brain cancer. (The Associated Press)
C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition has been supportive of many provisions in the overall reform bill, including the elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions, protections from annual and lifetime insurance limits, and increased utilization of preventative screenings. These provisions will have a profound effect on the way colorectal cancer is dealt with in this country. From mandating insurance companies to cover the cost of colonoscopies or protecting those suffering from the disease from having to file for bankruptcy; we hope to see better overall employment of the health care system.
Debate will continue in the House and Senate. Each side will maintain their individual opinions on what will work better, but the general consensus remains…something needs to be done.
C3 hopes an open dialogue will continue in both chambers and agreement will be reached on the biggest overhaul of the American health care system we’ve ever seen.