Protecting Your Healthcare

| June 25, 2003

Congress is currently considering health care legislation that would take away consumers? rights while padding insurers? profit margins. If passed into law, Associated Health Plan (AHP) insurers could legally raise people?s premiums when they get sick, prohibit appeals when a claim has been denied, and restrict access to basic preventative care such as mammograms and OB-GYN exams. Insurers would no longer be required to keep cash on hand to pay their customers? claims and would be managed, curiously enough, by the U.S. Department of Labor. According to website dedicated to protecting consumer access to quality healthcare?the approval of such legislation would result in ?as many as 100,000 of the sickest people [losing] their coverage entirely.? With pages devoted to educating yourself and others about the healthcare crisis, tracking state and federal legislation, as well as offering a customized resource kit for contacting your representatives, is just the prescription for personal empowerment.
?Erin Ferdinand

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