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Ok. Since it's been brought up a couple of times, I want to talk about it. Healthcare reform, insurance reform, government insurance reform, whatever it's being called today.

I've been doing a lot of reading on it (I'm 620 pages in) (I don't know how in the F SP and Sini and you other lawyerly types read this shit all the time. I have a whole new respect for you. Actually, the reading isn't that hard it's the understanding). So here's what I've found and hears what I understand, and I'm going to make suggestions for solutions I think will help.

I want to be constructive, so even if I think it, I'm not going to talk about this person or that person being stupid. This is about the bill from the House only (no one else has a bill). So, here we go.

Opting out.

This is one of the things that i'm really concerned about, because I will want to opt out.

Here's is what it says:

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page 167-68 section 401, TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE:

(a) TAX IMPOSED.—In the case of any individual who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 2.5 percent of the excess of—

(1) the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income for the taxable year, over

(2) the amount of gross income specified in section 6012(a)(1) with respect to the taxpayer. . . .
My thoughts are this (and feel free to tell me if I am interpreting it incorrectly, like I said, my lawyer speak is not good). Anyone caught without acceptable coverage (I'll catch this next), who is not in the government plan, will be charged a special tax. This apparently will be enforced by the IRS, since they control tax codes. So, if you keep private insurance, but it doesn't meet the minimum required by the gov't you will be penalized, on top of what you already pay in taxes to pay for the public healthcare system.

Acceptable Coverage:

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pages 26-30, SEC. 122, ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PACKAGE DEFINED:

(a) IN GENERAL.—In this division, the term ‘‘essential benefits package’’ means health benefits coverage, consistent with standards adopted under section 124 to ensure the provision of quality health care and financial security . . .

(b) MINIMUM SERVICES TO BE COVERED.—The items and services described in this subsection are the following:

(1) Hospitalization.

(2) Outpatient hospital and outpatient clinic services . . .

(3) Professional services of physicians and other health professionals.

(4) Such services, equipment, and supplies incident to the services of a physician’s or a health professional’s delivery of care . . .

(5) Prescription drugs.

(6) Rehabilitative and habilitative services.

(7) Mental health and substance use disorder services.

(8) Preventive services . . .

(9) Maternity care.

(10) Well baby and well child care . . .

(c) REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO COST-SHARING AND MINIMUM ACTUARIAL VALUE . . .

(3) MINIMUM ACTUARIAL VALUE.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The cost-sharing under the essential benefits package shall be designed to provide a level of coverage that is designed to provide benefits that are actuarially equivalent to approximately 70 percent of the full actuarial value of the benefits provided under the reference benefits package described in subparagraph (B).
Ok, if you say, want to pay for general services out of pocket, and keep coverage for catastrophic things, you can't do that. You will end up paying the extra tax talked about above. This section is very clear on exactly what type of coverage you must carry. By saying that this is acceptable coverage, and only this, there is no room to wiggle at all on private insurance. Also, it doesn't appear that you can buy a supplemental type insurance to go along with public insurance unless it meets all these qualifications.

Automatic Enrollment:

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page 102, Section 205, Outreach and enrollment of Exchange-eligible individuals and employers in Exchange-participating health benefits plan:

(3) AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT OF MEDICAID ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS INTO MEDICAID.—The Commissioner shall provide for a process under which an individual who is described in section 202(d)(3) and has not elected to enroll in an Exchange-participating health benefits plan is automatically enrolled under Medicaid.

And, page 145, section 312:

(4) AUTOENROLLMENT OF EMPLOYEES.—The employer provides for autoenrollment of the employee in accordance with subsection (c).
You're in. No matter what. You're employer has to, by law, automatically enroll you.

Now, the parts that are really scary to me. I have a much bigger problem with these than I do with the rest.


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pages 195-196, SEC. 431. DISCLOSURES TO CARRY OUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE SUBSIDIES.

(A) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, upon written request from the Health Choices Commissioner or the head of a State-based health insurance exchange approved for operation under section 208 of the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, shall disclose to officers and employees of the Health Choices Administration or such State-based health insurance exchange, as the case may be, return information of any taxpayer whose income is relevant in determining any affordability credit described in subtitle C of title II of the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. Such return information shall be limited to—

(i) taxpayer identity information with respect to such taxpayer,

(ii) the filing status of such taxpayer,

(iii) the modified adjusted gross income of such taxpayer (as defined in section 59B(e)(5)),

(iv) the number of dependents of the taxpayer,

(v) such other information as is prescribed by the Secretary by regulation as might indicate whether the taxpayer is eligible for such affordability credits (and the amount thereof), and

(vi) the taxable year with respect to which the preceding information relates or, if applicable, the fact that such information is not available.

And, page 145, section 312, EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE:

(3) PROVISION OF INFORMATION.—The employer provides the Health Choices Commissioner, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of the Treasury, as applicable, with such information as the Commissioner may require to ascertain compliance with the requirements of this section.
This bill opens up all tax information to federal officials. It doesn't really limit who. Looks like any federal official who decides he needs some information on you can get it. Employers are also required to report whatever the gov't says it needs regarding your particular information. I think I'm correct in saying that there are limits, but in part (v) the secratary has the power to bypass those limits whenever he sees fit. In other words, they can open your tax records, medical records, school records, bank records, etc. anytime they please and there are no limits on who they can give this information to.



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pages 284-288, SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS:

(ii) EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN READMISSIONS.—For purposes of clause (i), with respect to a hospital, excess readmissions shall not include readmissions for an applicable condition for which there are fewer than a minimum number (as determined by the Secretary) of discharges for such applicable condition for the applicable period and such hospital.

and, under “Definitions”:

(A) APPLICABLE CONDITION.—The term ‘applicable condition’ means, subject to subparagraph (B), a condition or procedure selected by the Secretary . . .

and:

(E) READMISSION.—The term ‘readmission’ means, in the case of an individual who is discharged from an applicable hospital, the admission of the individual to the same or another applicable hospital within a time period specified by the Secretary from the date of such discharge.

and:

(6) LIMITATIONS ON REVIEW.—There shall be no administrative or judicial review under section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise of— . . .

(C) the measures of readmissions
The Gov't decides what is an applicable medical condition. they also decide who can be re-admitted to the hospital. It's some type of statistical formula that they use and when enough people have been discharged for the same thing, then you can be readmitted, but not before that. It also says that there will be no judicial reviews on this issue. The decision of the gov't is final.


Ok, I'm getting a headache. I have more, but I don't want to do it right now. Let's move on to solutions.

My first solution would be Tort reform. Doctors, nurses, specialists, etc. carry hundreds of thousands, even millions in some cases, of dollars of insurance from lawsuits.

Secondly, I would like insurance companies to be allowed to sell across state lines. It seems silly to me that people in NJ have to pay so much more for insurance than I do. It seems to me that if someone from NJ wants to buy blue cross of TN then they should be able to do it. Big corporations are allowed to do it. ERISA allows them to take their coverage to any state in the union. All of us should have that option, not just the big companies. So, we need to drop the law that forbids the sale of insurance across state lines.

Third, give a tax break to individuals who buy their own insurance. Don't punish them for their ability to take strain off of the the medicaid/medicare rolls. If people were given a break on taxes as they got older so they could buy insurance themselves, they wouldn't have to use medicare and it would ease some of the pressure so that people who aren't able to do it will be able to keep reliable care with medicare. It will also help people who are disabled get on the medicare rolls a little easier because it won't be so crammed up. It may take a little adjusting over time, but I think it would work.

Fourth, give individuals who have insurance a tax break. If you don't have insurance, you don't get the break. It entices people to keep insurance up to date. It also reduces the strain on doctors and hospitals who are not getting paid for services by people who don't have insurance.

Ok, I better get to work. I think this is a good start though.
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Yeah, but Sei... you make sense. Government's not supposed to make sense.


A co-worker took advantage of the bosses' absence and printed out the whole bill. She and her husband plan to look at it over the weekend. Bryan and I get it after they're done. It took two reams of paper, at least.
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Yeah, but Sei... you make sense. Government's not supposed to make sense.


A co-worker took advantage of the bosses' absence and printed out the whole bill. She and her husband plan to look at it over the weekend. Bryan and I get it after they're done. It took two reams of paper, at least.
I've been reading it online. Maybe thats why it gives me a headache.
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Yeah, it couldn't possibly be the legalese or the political doublespeak.
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Yeah, it couldn't possibly be the legalese or the political doublespeak.
No...not at all lol
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You know, a one page bill that says "We now have single payer health care with private health care providers" would be a lot simpler and probably work much better.

Too bad that idea was taken off the table forever ago.
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First of all, could you link to this bill, so we can read the whole thing (instead of the out-of-context bits that you decided to quote)?

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Anyone caught without acceptable coverage (I'll catch this next), who is not in the government plan, will be charged a special tax. This apparently will be enforced by the IRS, since they control tax codes. So, if you keep private insurance, but it doesn't meet the minimum required by the gov't you will be penalized, on top of what you already pay in taxes to pay for the public healthcare system.
The bolded part is your mistake. There's nothing in that section that says "acceptable coverage" is the government plan. This isn't anything different than the way car insurance works in many states -- you MUST have coverage, otherwise you get fined a shitload of money.

I'm not a health care specialist, but I do know that nearly every single plan I've looked at for private insurance covers all of those things listed under "Acceptable Care".

And you keep conveniently ignoring the fact that Obama has said many times that existing health care plans won't be affected -- so you don't have to "opt out". It's an opt-in proposal, not an opt-out.

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Ok, if you say, want to pay for general services out of pocket, and keep coverage for catastrophic things, you can't do that. You will end up paying the extra tax talked about above. This section is very clear on exactly what type of coverage you must carry. By saying that this is acceptable coverage, and only this, there is no room to wiggle at all on private insurance.
Again, this is no different than car insurance is for many states. It's not "this and ONLY this", it's "At the minimum, it must cover these things". There's a huge difference. You can have as much coverage as you want, so long as it hits all of these points.

And let me ask you, why would you want health coverage that doesn't cover hospitalizations, prescriptions, maternity care, emergency care, professional care, etc? Do you really think you're invincible? It's the ones that DO think they're invincible that wind up in the ER without insurance.

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Also, it doesn't appear that you can buy a supplemental type insurance to go along with public insurance unless it meets all these qualifications.
It doesn't mention this specifically, but it doesn't say anywhere in that quote that you can't get other insurance. In fact, nowhere in anything you've quoted does it say that you have to be on the government plan; it's just listing standards that the plans have to meet -- kinda like how you have to meet certain standards to graduate high school (what, you can't take a public option?) or to buy alcohol (what, any teen on the street can't just buy a beer? How dare they!).

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You're in. No matter what. You're employer has to, by law, automatically enroll you.
There are a few different health care proposals floating around, and since I can only respond to what you've quoted (which are out of context), I can't really respond to this, except to say that I'm pretty sure the auto-enrollment means that all employers that make X dollars per year have to auto-enroll you in A HEALTHCARE PLAN. It doesn't say it has to be a government one.

The Medicare/Medicaid one is for eligible individuals, and you and I are not eligible, so this doesn't affect you at all.

Also, if you read this section again, at the top it says "Outreach and enrollment of Exchange-eligible individuals and employers in Exchange-participating health benefits plan:". From what I understand, the behind-the-scenes of the health industry is what's going to change. Instead of a health insurance company from NJ being the only major health provider for NJ, they're going to compete in an exchange marketplace for coverage. In other words, employers get an option in a competing marketplace of health insurance carriers. I'm not entirely sure how exchanges like this work, but this is how Congress gets their health insurance and it's how oil and other commodities get exchanged around the world.

Your benefits won't change, nor will your situation. What will happen is that employers will get to pick from a variety of competing carriers instead of just one or two major ones. That's my understanding of it, anyway.

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This bill opens up all tax information to federal officials. It doesn't really limit who.
It limits it to the Health Commission and its offices. But this information isn't any different than those any college student gives when filing for financial aid or when you file for a loan (I've had to give similar info when filing for loans, etc). I don't see what the problem is here.


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Employers are also required to report whatever the gov't says it needs regarding your particular information. I think I'm correct in saying that there are limits, but in part (v) the secratary has the power to bypass those limits whenever he sees fit. In other words, they can open your tax records, medical records, school records, bank records, etc. anytime they please and there are no limits on who they can give this information to.
I don't see anything in here that refers to medical records, bank records, school records, or anything else. It says specifically that the Health Choices Commissioner, Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Treasury, as applicable, will be furnished with "such information as the Commissioner may require to ascertain compliance with the requirements of this section."

This section, of course, being "DISCLOSURES TO CARRY OUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE SUBSIDIES". They don't need anything but tax information from the previous tax year (as already spelled out in this section).

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The Gov't decides what is an applicable medical condition. they also decide who can be re-admitted to the hospital. It's some type of statistical formula that they use and when enough people have been discharged for the same thing, then you can be readmitted, but not before that. It also says that there will be no judicial reviews on this issue. The decision of the gov't is final.
Again, you've cut out sections and edited it out-of-context so we can't view the whole thing. A link to the whole bill would be great. There is clearly a section that defines what "applicable conditions" are, but you've edited that out, so I can't really properly respond to this.

This section is intended, I believe, to restrict people from abusing the health care system (on a whim, for attention, because they're lonely, for pain killers, etc), but since I can't read the rest of the bill, I can't really properly respond.

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...solutions...
I agree with your solutions.

All I really want out of a health care plan is a sort of Bill of Rights for Healthcare.

I want it explicitly stated in a legal fashion that says that I have the right to healthcare, that my pre-existing condition won't cause me to be denied coverage, and that if I need care, I'll get it.

I'm in a situation right now where if I can't find a job in the next year, I'm dead.

And that's just not fair. I'm a hard-working, responsible individual. I'm not a drug addict, I'm not homeless, I'm not on welfare -- I'm just like you. But because health insurance companies have decided that I'm uninsurable (how is that better than the Secretary of Health deciding this?), then I'm fucked.

Reform is definitely necessary, and I don't understand why so many people are upset about the government regulating it. I just can't wrap my head around it. Nothing you've posted has in any way appeared to me that the government has some nefarious plan to wipe out private health insurance carriers, and nothing you've posted has in any way convinced me that the government regulating health care is a bad idea. All I'm seeing, not just from you, but from most opponents to the plans, is extrapolation of what might happen in the future if this is passed, and quite frankly, it's not enough of a negative to outweigh the positives in my mind.
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There is no way in hell I'm copying pasting this sucker here. A co-worker just printed it out and it took up 2.5 reams of paper.
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There is no way in hell I'm copying pasting this sucker here. A co-worker just printed it out and it took up 2.5 reams of paper.
Anything that long HAS to be good...just agree with it...or sign it (if you are a Congressperson)
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What is this mysterious Health Insurance Exchange?

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(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is established within the Health Choices Administration and under the direction of the Commissioner a Health Insurance Exchange in order to facilitate access of individuals and employers, through a transparent process, to a variety of choices of affordable, quality health insurance coverage, including a public health insurance option.
Notice the word "option" at the end of the definition. A public insurance option. Not mandatory -- optional. But in case that's not enough, there's this section:

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(a) ACCESS TO COVERAGE.—In accordance with this section, all individuals are eligible to obtain coverage through enrollment in an Exchange-participating health benefits plan offered through the Health Insurance Exchange unless such individuals are enrolled in another qualified health benefits plan or other acceptable coverage.
As you can see, you're eligible to do the Exchange, unless you're part of another qualified plan or other acceptable coverage.

But wait, what's this "acceptable coverage" nonsense? I mean, does that mean the government will say "Our plan is the only acceptable plan, and you're stuck with us!"? No, of course not.

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(2) ACCEPTABLE COVERAGE.—For purposes of this division, the term ‘‘acceptable coverage’’ means any of the following:
(A) QUALIFIED HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN COVERAGE.—Coverage under a qualified health benefits plan.
(B) GRANDFATHERED HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE; COVERAGE UNDER CURRENT GROUP HEALTH PLAN.—Coverage under a grandfathered health insurance coverage (as defined in subsection (a) of section 102) or under a current group health plan (described in sub-section (b) of such section).
(C) MEDICARE.—Coverage under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act.
(D) MEDICAID.—Coverage for medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act, excluding such coverage that is only available because of the application of subsection (u), (z), or (aa) of section 1902 of such Act.
(E) MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND DEPENDENTS (INCLUDING TRICARE). - Coverage under chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, including similar coverage furnished under section 1781 of title 38 of such Code.
(F) VA.—Coverage under the veteran’s health care program under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, but only if the coverage for the individual involved is determined by the Commissioner in coordination with the Secretary of Treasury to be not less than a level specified by the Commissioner and Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, in coordination with the Secretary of Treasury, based on the individual’s priority for services as provided under section 1705(a) of such title.
(G) OTHER COVERAGE.—Such other health benefits coverage, such as a State health benefits risk pool, as the Commissioner, in coordina- 20
tion with the Secretary of the Treasury, recognizes for purposes of this paragraph.
As you can see, if you meet any of the above criteria -- including already having a group health plan through you're employer (in case you're drowsy from falling asleep at work, I'll spell it out for you -- THIS MEANS YOU. That's right, the coverage you have is acceptable coverage and you don't have to do the government plan if you don't want to!). It also covers Medicare and Medicaid recipients, as well as the armed forces and veterans. They're all considered acceptable coverage.

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(B) EMPLOYEE CHOICE.—Any employee offered Exchange-participating health benefits plans by the employer of such employee under subparagraph (A) may choose coverage under any such plan. That choice includes, with respect to family coverage, coverage of the dependents of such employee.
Ah, choice. What a wonderful provision.

I could go on, but since this is one of three proposed bills, I'm not gonna waste any more time reading this. I'll rehash this when it gets down to one bill and then I'll read it and get back to you.

Just to be clear, ST, I understand where you're coming from because I certainly share some of your concerns, but I just disagree with your interpretations. I think you're being overly paranoid about what the government intends to do and that you're either overlooking or ignoring some of the language that should relieve/ease your fears.
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I think Sei's problem is, if you're fortunate to be able to pay cash, you're going to get smacked by the IRS on April 15 for not being on ANY plan. At least with the requirement for car insurance, you're only in trouble if you get a ticket or have an accident.
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I think Sei's problem is, if you're fortunate to be able to pay cash, you're going to get smacked by the IRS on April 15 for not being on ANY plan. At least with the requirement for car insurance, you're only in trouble if you get a ticket or have an accident.
True, but isn't the whole "tax the wealthy" thing what everyone wants?
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Wouldn't have known that from the thread last week, where Sini and I were the only ones challenging that idea.
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Oh, Obama said it so it must be true...
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I think Ozy and Sei argreed with you two.


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Ah, but it's also in all three of the proposed bills that I've read. So unless they're going to conveniently remove that part to satisfy your cynicism, you're just being a douche.
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What about the limits on terminally or chronically ill that are supposed to be in there.


(I'm waiting on the hard copy to find them, I hate reading on a monitor.)
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What about the limits on terminally or chronically ill that are supposed to be in there.


(I'm waiting on the hard copy to find them, I hate reading on a monitor.)
This is all I could find on a quick scan through.

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INITIATIVE FOR END OF LIFE CARE.-
(1) PHYSICIAN’S QUALITY REPORTING INITIATIVE.—Section 1848(k)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4(k)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
‘‘(3) PHYSICIAN’S QUALITY REPORTING INITIATIVE.—
‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—For purposes of reporting data on quality measures for covered professional services furnished during 2011 and any subsequent year, to the extent that measures are available, the Secretary shall include quality measures on end of life care and advanced care planning that have been adopted or endorsed by a consensus-based organization, if appropriate. Such measures shall measure both the creation of and adherence to orders for life-sustaining treatment.
‘‘(B) PROPOSED SET OF MEASURES.—The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register proposed quality measures on end of life care and advanced care planning that the Secretary determines are described in subparagraph (A) and would be appropriate for eligible professionals to use to submit data to the Secretary. The Secretary shall provide for a period of public comment on such set of measures before finalizing such proposed measures.’’.
(c) INCLUSION OF INFORMATION IN MEDICARE & YOU HANDBOOK.—
(1) MEDICARE & YOU HANDBOOK.—
(A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall update the online version of the Medicare & You Handbook to include the following:
(i) An explanation of advance care planning and advance directives, including—
(I) living wills;
(II) durable power of attorney;
(III) orders of life-sustaining treatment; and
(IV) health care proxies.
(ii) A description of Federal and State resources available to assist individuals and their families with advance care planning and advance directives, including—
(I) available State legal service organizations to assist individuals with advance care planning, including those organizations that receive funding pursuant to the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 93001 et seq.);
(II) website links or addresses for State-specific advance directive forms; and
(III) any additional information, as determined by the Secretary.
(B) UPDATE OF PAPER AND SUBSEQUENT VERSIONS.—The Secretary shall include the information described in subparagraph (A) in all paper and electronic versions of the Medicare & You Handbook that are published on or after the date that is 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.
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That last was under the "reporting" section on how the Health Commission is supposed to report things to the government.
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Why? Because I doubt the word of a politican? And you do know how bills get passed right? There is plenty of opportunity to take a hatchet to this bill and chop out or include stuff. Its only just gotten out of committee in the House.
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