Posted by December 16th, 2009
UPDATE DEC 19, 2009: Your calls made the difference! The Brown-Hutchison clinical trials provision is included in the Manager’s amendment.
The Senate is rushing to get 60 votes to wrap up a health care reform bill before the end of the year.
However, the Senate health care reform bill does not currently ensure patients coverage for the costs of routine care in clinical trials like they would if care were provided outside of a trial. You can help change this!
Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) have introduced an amendment that would prohibit insurers from dropping coverage because an individual chooses to participate in a clinical trial and it would require insurers to cover the costs of routine care for patients enrolled in clinical trials. It also ensures that states that have stricter clinical trials coverage rules will not have those rules pre-empted by new federal legislation.
Call Senate Majority Leader Reid at (202) 225-3452 today and tell him to include the Brown-Hutchison clinical trials amendment in the manager’s amendment he is writing.
You can help ensure that the Senate doesn’t rush to pass a health care reform bill without protecting clinical trials coverage!
Read on for talking points you can use during your call.
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