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Action Alert - Patient's Bill of Rights (Grace Furukawa)

Action Alert - Patient's Bill of Rights

Please write and call our U.S. Congressional delegation to urge them to cosponsor and support S.6, the Patient's Bill of Rights Act

Senator Dan Inouye
722 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dan Akaka
720 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C 20510

Please contact our House members to ask for support of the House version of the legislation, H.R. 358.

Representative Neil Abercrombie
1502 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Representative Patsy Mink
2135 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Patient's Bill of Rights Act would guarantee basic health care protection for consumers by protecting the rights of patients in health care plans. It would guarantee the right of access to necessary care, especially for seriously ill persons or those with chronic conditions, the right to emergency room care using the "reasonably prudent person standard" and the right to have medical information kept confidential. S. 6 and H.R. 358 will enable patients to receive clear information about different health care plans and establish an appeals process that will resolve grievances in a timely manner.

Please also sign an Internet petition in support of S.6 and H.R. 358. Show your support for real health care reform. The petition is featured on the LWVUS website at There are already over 20,000 signatures in support of real managed care reform. The LWVUS website will also provide you with updated information on S.6 and H.R.358.

"I have heard about being pushed out right after an operation, but..."

Grace Furukawa

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