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concurrent resolution Progress


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      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedJune 25th, 2009

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Official Title

A bill expressing the sense of Congress on health care reform legislation.

Summary

Expresses the sense of Congress that any health care reform legislation should include, with respect to health plans: (1) support for consumer education and assistance with enrollment; (2) assistance for people asserting consumer rights; (3) a strengthened system of consumer protections, including an appeal mechanism within a health plan, coverage for emergency care without prior authorization, verification of accurate out-of-network copayment charges, and protections against balance billing in emergency situations and where in-network providers are unavailable, against mid-year health plan changes that could impact the enrollee's cost-sharing or access to services, and against misleading marketing; and (4) a strengthened enforcement system of consumer rights for claims involving systemic violations of consumer protections, including sanctions.