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Senate Passes Patients' Rights Bill
Patients' rights legislation, sponsored by Senators John McCain, John Edwards and Ted Kennedy (l to r), passed the Senate June 29 after a 59 to 36 vote.
(Susan Biddle - The Washington Post)
Patients' Rights Bill
  Senate, House Bills Compared
 S. 1052: Bipartisan Patient Protection Act (pdf)
 Senate Roll Call Vote (6/29/01)
Post Roundtable
 Video: Charles Babington and The Post's Amy Goldstein discuss patients' rights legislation
 Editorial: Not by the Back Door (6/30/01)
 E.J. Dionne Jr. (6/29/01)
 David S. Broder (6/26/01)
 Marcia Angell and Arnold Relman (6/20/01)
 David S. Broder (6/10/01)
 Sens. John McCain and John Edwards (2/8/01)
 House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (8/20/00)
 Sen. Thomas Daschle (June 22, 2001)
 President Bush on Patients' Bill of Rights (March 21, 2001)
 Sen. John McCain
 Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
 The American Academy of Family Physicians
On This Site
 Special Report: Health Care
 Live Online: Sen. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.)
The dramatic growth of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) has prompted calls to give patients a stronger voice in decisions about which medical procedures will be covered by insurance. The Senate passed legislation on a "patients' bill of rights" just before the July 4th recess, despite a veto threat from President Bush.  Read a Q&A Primer.

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