Health Care Reform Bills – Information Available

August 18, 2009 at 10:53 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, General News | Leave a comment
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[This information is provided by Kate Cheromcha, MLIS, Florence Grant Health Sciences Library, Windham Community Memorial Hospital, Willimantic, CT.]

They may not be best-sellers, but we are all hearing about the House bill, H.R. 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act and the Senate bill, S. _: Affordable Health Choices Act, together more commonly known and debated as Health Care Reform. These two bills – 1000+ pages from the House and 600+ pages from the Senate – are generating plenty of discussion, but what is really in them? One of our physicians asked me to locate good, readable summaries in order to better understand these two plans. This is what I have found so far:

  • A summary of the S._: Affordable Health Choices Act was prepared and released by the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on July 15. The summary is available online.
  • A possibly more objective summary was prepared by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

If you are interested in following the progression, Slate.com created an online guide to resources. And for an examination of how other countries manage their health care systems, check out the PBS “Frontline” program “Sick Around the World”.

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