HMO REFORM: Republicans Take MSAs Out of Senate Bill
"In a minor procedural move," Senate Republicans Thursday reintroduced their HMO reform bill, stripped of a provision that would expand the medical savings account program. As MSAs are a tax item, the managed care bill had at first been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. (Senate Bills cannot be split into different committees as they can in the House.) The managed care legislation will now be heard by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. CongressDaily/A.M. reports that Senate Finance Committee Chair William Roth (R-DE) "will attempt to move the MSA issue separately, then combine it with the managed care bill on the floor" (2/1).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.