Hmo's Influence

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Federal and State Influence in H.M.O.'s Health Maintenance Organization’s (HMO’s) have boomed because of the governments involvement; this has encouraged the growth of HMO’s. This states that the Federal Government has greatly influenced this division of managed care. The House of Representatives has passed legislation in 1998 and 1999. The Senate passed legislation in 2007; these lagislative acts were in conjuction with “The Bill of Patient’s Rights”. The HMO Act of 1973 has long been an endorsement of the Republican party; made into law by former president Richard Nixon and strongly endorsed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest federation of unions. Since that time the…show more content…
The Public Citizen stated that in January 1995 to June 1999 the Republican party committee raked in over $30 million in contributions which coincided with major legislative goals pursued by three interest groups, one group being pro managed care. This indicates that Congress greatly influence managed care. The biggest difference between the House of Representatives and the Senate involves two questions: How many people should be covered by new federal insurance standards? (The House bill covers three times as many people as some provisions of the Senate bill.) Secondly, should patients get any new rights to sue health plans for injuries caused by the denial of care? (New York Times, 2008, p. 1) Individual states have representatives who lobby congress in regards to the issues concerning their states with regards to managed care initatives. The House and the Senate are comprised of elected officials who represent the individual states. Congress has to vote as a whole to enact laws. Federal and state legislation is very influential in the decisions made concerning managed care, primarily HMO’s as this research as
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