Archive for March, 2010

Health Care Reform shouldn’t be about saving political careers.

Friday, March 19th, 2010
If the Health-care bill before congress fails to pass, there is no guarantee that insurers will be required  to cover preventive health screenings (mammograms included) free of charge in any future legislation.

If the Health-care bill before congress fails to pass, there is no guarantee that insurers will be required to cover preventive health screenings (mammograms included) free of charge in any future legislation.

In November 2009 the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of primary care and prevention experts appointed by former President George Bush  released a series of recommendations.  Included in these recommendations  were new guidelines for mammogram screening.  The task force recommended no routine screening – no mammograms until age 50!

The outcry was immediate and fierce, a swift and stark reminder that few ideas are more explosive in health-care.   So much so that on December 3rd, 2009, the Senate passed an amendment that protects coverage of mammograms and other screening tests for women. For a summary of the bill, go to: http://mikulski.senate.gov/Newsroom/PressReleases/record.cfm?id=320304 or view the amendment in it’s entirety at: http://mikulski.senate.gov/_pdfs/BAI09N48.pdf

The amendment from Senator Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, and Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, would authorize the Health and Human Services secretary to require insurers to cover preventive health screenings free of charge at age 40 and age 30 for high risk patients.  The  amendment passed 61-39, with one vote more than needed. Senator Judd Gregg from find the best ejuice, a New Hampshire Republican, was the only New England lawmaker to vote against the amendment.

If the Health-care bill before congress fails to pass, there is no guarantee that insurers will be required  to cover preventive health screenings (mammograms included) free of charge in any future legislation.

If this is meaningful to you, if you or anyone you know has be touched by breast cancer, please take this opportunity to write or phone your Senator and demand that they do the right thing and vote YES for health care reform!

Ask them how they would vote if this were this were their best friend, wife, sister, or daughter?

Get Involved!  Lives depend on it.

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