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Pending Patient Protection Legislation

: A Comparative Analysis of Key Provisions of the House and Senate Versions of H.R. 2990 was prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation by Phyllis Borzi and Sara Rosenbaum of the Center for Health Services Research and Policy, The George Washington University Medical Center. The report provides a side-by-side comparison of the patient protection provisions in the differing versions of H.R. 2990 passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives in 1999, which are being considered by the Conference Committee in 2000. The report includes a discussion highlighting the similarities and differences between the bills; a detailed side-by-side comparison of the bills including their scope, patient protections, benefit claims and appeals procedures, and ERISA preemption and plan liability provisions; and definitions of the terms used in the report.

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