HR 676 for Universal Health Care

If you love your health plan, this post is not for you. Go read something else.

However, if you're less than enchanted with your current health insurance plan (or lack thereof) read on.

Maybe you haven't heard about it. Its full name is House Resolution 676.

H.R.676 : United States National Health Insurance Act (or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act) (Introduced in House) To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] (introduced 1/24/2007) Cosponsors (93) Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 2/2/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

(a) In General- The health insurance benefits under this Act cover all medically necessary services, including at least the following:
(1) Primary care and prevention.
(2) Inpatient care.
(3) Outpatient care.
(4) Emergency care.
(5) Prescription drugs.
(6) Durable medical equipment.
(7) Long term care.
(8) Mental health services.
(9) The full scope of dental services (other than cosmetic dentistry).
(10) Substance abuse treatment services.
(11) Chiropractic services.
(12) Basic vision care and vision correction (other than laser vision correction for cosmetic purposes).
(13) Hearing services, including coverage of hearing aids.
(b) Portability- Such benefits are available through any licensed health care clinician anywhere in the United States that is legally qualified to provide the benefits.
(c) No Cost-Sharing- No deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing shall be imposed with respect to covered benefits.

Sorry--boob jobs are apparently not covered.

If HR 676 sounds like a plan that might work for you, I guess the next step is to read up on it here:http://thomas.loc.gov and here: http://www.hr676.org

And finally, call your congressperson and tell him/her to get on board with this one.

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