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EXCLUSIVE: LEMMON Aid Act of 2009
Deal reached, vote expected today
Joe Wilbert and Tom Scully, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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The Lemmon Aid Act of 2009 (H.R. 714), introduced by Rep. Bean (D-IL), and co-sponsored by 37 other members, is expected to be introduced and voted on in the House today. Early expectations are that it will narrowly pass and move to a contentious vote in the Senate later this week. The Bill, the Lentigo Educational Medical MobilizatiON Act, encourages preventative measures and increased medical education, tries to rectify the shortcomings of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 by removing the donut hold in Part D, allowing the government to bargain for lower drugs prices in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and not allowing unelected accountants making life and death medical decisions. It will force portability for workers to take their existing coverage from one employer, thru unemployment, to a future job, if that plan is more expensive or offers less coverage. One of the biggest provisions of the bill is the ban of blocking coverage of preexisting conditions. The insurers must cover all people who apply, pay their premiums, and need medical assistance...