S 1344 - Patient Bill of Rights bill - National Key Vote

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Title: Patient Bill of Rights bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands health care services for patients enrolled in managed care plans.


  • Requires group health plans covering emergency medical care to provide coverage for emergency medical screenings which have been deemed necessary by a "prudent layperson".
  • Specifies that patients do not need a referral from their primary care provider to receive care from obstetricians, gynecologists and pediatricians.
  • Requires insurers to disclose all information in a specified plan to potential enrollees, current participants and beneficiaries.
  • Calls for insurers to have internal and external reviews to examine medical denial claims.
  • Replaces the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and specifies agency mandates.
  • Prohibits insurers from denying coverage or adjusting premiums based on a patient's "predictive genetic information".
  • Allows self-employed individuals to fully deduct health insurance costs from their gross incomes.
  • Prohibits group health plans from requiring patients to seek preauthorization for emergency medical treatment.