NU Online News Service, Aug. 2, 12:30 p.m. — Washington
A major employers group said today it opposes the breakthrough agreement between President George W. Bush and Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga. on a patients’ rights bill.
Neil Trautwein, director of employment policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, said that, while the agreement is better than the alternative, it would still expose employers to significant liability.
Specifically, the agreement divides jurisdiction over health disputes between federal and state courts. Federal courts will have jurisdiction over all contractual matters and all cases filed against employers, while state courts will have jurisdiction over medical disputes filed against health insurance plans.