Blog | Monday, March 22, 2010

House passes health reform, now Senate will mull fixes

Health care reform passed the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday night.

The legislation will:
--limit physician ownership of hospitals,
--mandate that individuals obtain health insurance,
--cover 32 million more Americans,
--establish a health insurance “exchange,”
--close Medicare's doughnut hole and expand Medicaid,
--prohibit lifetime caps on insurance policies, and
-- prohibit denying care and coverage for pre-existing conditions.

While the bill itself goes to the White House for signature by the president, negotiations will renew Tuesday when the Senate takes up discussion on a companion bill with fixes.

ACP President Joseph W. Stubbs, FACP, applauded the measure, while ACP Members Kevin Pho (aka KevinMD), and Manoj Jain, MD, of Memphis, Tenn., offered their reactions to the legislation.