Norwood Introduces Legislation For Patients Bill Of Rights
Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has introduced “patients bill of rights” legislation, which, he says, has bipartisan support.
The legislation closely tracks a bill approved by the House on Aug. 2, 2001, which is based on an agreement worked out by Norwood and the White House.
The legislation died in the 107th Congress when the House and Senate were unable to reach an agreement on a consensus bill.
Norwood says that at a time of rising health care costs, his patient protection bill, which at press time did not yet have a number, is even more important.
“When insurers and employers are concerned about the cost of health care, the quality of patient care can be jeopardized for the bottom line,” Norwood says in a statement. “We must put laws in place that make certain the concern for the bottom line doesnt go too far.”
But health insurers are blasting the legislation, saying it would drive up health insurance costs and exacerbate the uninsured crisis.
Donald Young, president of the Health Insurance Association of America, calls the legislation a “bad idea whose time has already passed.”