S.Con.Res.41 - A concurrent resolution directing Congress to enact legislation by October 2005 that provides access to comprehensive health care for all Americans.108th Congress (2003-2004)
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|Sponsor:||Sen. Kennedy, Edward M. [D-MA] (Introduced 04/30/2003)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 04/30/2003 Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (text of measure as introduced: CR S5613-5614) (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. Con. Res. 41 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session S. CON. RES. 41 Directing the Congress to enact legislation by October 2005 that provides access to comprehensive health care for all Americans. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 30, 2003 Mr. Kennedy (for himself, Mr. Corzine, and Mr. Feingold) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Directing the Congress to enact legislation by October 2005 that provides access to comprehensive health care for all Americans. Whereas the United States has the most expensive health care system in the world in terms of absolute costs, per capita costs, and percentage of gross domestic product (GDP); Whereas, despite being first in spending, the World Health Organization has ranked the United States 37th among all nations in terms of meeting the needs of its people; Whereas 42,000,000 Americans, including 8,000,000 children, are uninsured; Whereas tens of millions more Americans are inadequately insured, including medicare beneficiaries who lack access to prescription drug coverage and long term care coverage; Whereas racial, income, and ethnic disparities in access to care threaten communities across the country, particularly communities of color; Whereas health care costs continue to increase, jeopardizing the health security of working families and small businesses; Whereas dollars that could be spent on health care are being used for administrative costs instead of patient needs; Whereas the current health care system too often puts the bottom line ahead of patient care and threatens safety net providers who treat the uninsured and poorly insured; and Whereas any health care reform must ensure that health care providers and practitioners are able to provide patients with the quality care they need: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress shall enact legislation by October 2005 to guarantee that every person in the United States, regardless of income, age, or employment or health status, has access to health care that-- (1) is affordable to individuals and families, businesses and taxpayers and that removes financial barriers to needed care; (2) is as cost efficient as possible, spending the maximum amount of dollars on direct patient care; (3) provides comprehensive benefits, including benefits for mental health and long term care services; (4) promotes prevention and early intervention; (5) includes parity for mental health and other services; (6) eliminates disparities in access to quality health care; (7) addresses the needs of people with special health care needs and underserved populations in rural and urban areas; (8) promotes quality and better health outcomes; (9) addresses the need to have adequate numbers of qualified health care caregivers, practitioners, and providers to guarantee timely access to quality care; (10) provides adequate and timely payments in order to guarantee access to providers; (11) fosters a strong network of health care facilities, including safety net providers; (12) ensures continuity of coverage and continuity of care; (13) maximizes consumer choice of health care providers and practitioners; and (14) is easy for patients, providers and practitioners to use and reduces paperwork. <all>