U.S. House Passes Historic Health Reform Bill

After hours of debate that culminated in a dramatic 220-215 vote, the U.S. House passed its landmark health reform legislation on November 7 that would provide health insurance for 96% of Americans by 2015. Michigan’s House members split along party lines.

The Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) blends the three versions of reform legislation passed by the House committees of jurisdiction this summer. It includes new guaranteed funding over five years for Community Health Centers that would allow them to expand their reach to 20 million new patients by 2015 and generate billions of dollars in additional health system and Federal Medicaid savings. The legislation also extends Medicaid coverage to 15 million individuals and families with incomes below 150% of the federal poverty level and provides financial assistance for millions more Americans in need. Click here to read more about the key components of the bill.

Michigan Primary Care Association applauds the House leadership for passage of this bill, including U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) who was the bill’s lead sponsor. He has advocated for health care reform his entire career, continuing his father’s legacy by introducing a national health care reform bill each year he has been in Congress. MPCA also thanks Michigan’s House members who voted in support of HR 3962: Reps. John Conyers (D-14), Dale Kildee, (D-5), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-13), Sander Levin (D-12), Gary Peters (D-9), Mark Schauer (D-7), and Bart Stupak (D-1).

“With this historic vote, we are closer to bringing relief to American families who are forced to decide whether they will pay the mortgage or their health insurance premium,” said Dingell.

Now all eyes are turned to the Senate, where its health reform bill faces an uphill battle.

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