Category: Employee Benefits

New Study Shares Data On Migrant Health Care Challenges Along The Border

Health care costs, care concerns and other health care utilization and risk patterns are a common issue of discussion in the continuing health care reform discussion. Meanwhile, employers, health care providers, and policy leaders in Border States or elsewhere who employ a significant number of migrant workers frequently express interest in more information about the health care and disability care and benefit needs, understanding and utilization patterns of migrant families for purposes of planning benefit and human resources practices. A new report published by the Texas Department of State Health Services may shed some light on these issues.

House Democrats Introduce “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009″

House Democrats introduced their proposal for health care reform this afternoon (July 14, 2009), the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (the “House Bill”). Democrat leaders have announced plans to fast track the House Bill to a vote by the end of July. See a high level summary of certain core provisions in the House Bill, as described by House Democrats in connection with their release of the proposal.

Health Care Reform Proposals Backed By Bipartisian Group of Former Senators Enjoys Widespread Initial Support In Senate

Health care reform proposals outlined in the Crossing Out Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System Report released by Bipartisian Policy Center advisors and former Senators Howard Baker (R-TN), Tom Daschle (D-IA) and Bob Dole (R-KS) appears to enjoys significant support among many members of Congress as an alternative to the comprehensive health care reform proposals contained in the “Affordable Health Choices Act” (the “Kennedy Bill”) supported by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. As the health care reform rages among members of Congress, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) chaired by Senator Kennedy continues its mark up of the Kennedy Bill.

Senate Committee Moves Forward On Plans To Mark Up Kennedy Health Reform Proposal Tomorrow As Democratic Senator Conrad Pushes Coop Alternative To Public Health Plans

As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) prepares for tomorrow’s (June 16, 2009) mark up session of the draft of the “Affordable Health Choices Act” floated by Senator Kennedy last week, Democratic Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is pushing am alternative proposal to create nonprofit cooperatives to compete with private insurers.

Democrats Plans To Fast Track Health Care Reform Enactment Requires Concerned Americans Speak Up Now!

Americans concerned about plans of President Obama and Congressional Democrats to enact comprehensive health care reform this year must speak up now. Seeking to speed the Democratic version for health care reform through Congress this summer, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and other members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) are holding hearings this week in anticipation of a scheduled June 16 mark up a 625 page proposal to radically reform the U.S. health care system set forth in “Affordable Health Choices Act.