seeks support for bill to end health insurance discrimination
American Motorcyclist Association announced today that more than
100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have co-sponsored
a bill that would end health insurance discrimination against
motorcyclists and others who participate in legal recreational
activities or use their motorcycles for transportation.
the action is significant, there is still much work to be done,
according to AMA Vice President for Government Relations Edward
AMA is calling on motorcyclists and others who face health
insurance discrimination to urge their Representatives to support
H.R. 1076, known as the HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical
Correction Act," said Moreland. "Time is short. The bill
has broad bi-partisan support but we need 218 votes for passage.
If we don't act by April, we will likely miss our chance for
legislative action in 2008."
insurance discrimination can have a devastating financial effect
on families and has been the focus of efforts by the AMA and other
groups for many years. Following the passage of the original HIPAA
legislation in 2001, bureaucrats at the Department of Health and
Human Services created a loophole that allowed insurance companies
to deny benefits to people who are injured while participating in
legal recreational activities, such as riding motorcycles or
off-road vehicles, horseback riding, skiing, and other activities.
H.R. 1076 will close that loophole.
Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas) has worked diligently to get H.R.
1076 passed. "Laws like HIPAA are passed to protect
people," he said. "Sometimes they have unintended
consequences. When this happens, Congress has an obligation to fix
the loopholes and that's what this bill does."
one should be denied health coverage for no reason other than they
enjoy snowmobiles, motorcycles or other recreational
activities," said Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), the lead
Democrat sponsoring the bill. "This legislation would enforce
the original intent of Congress and ensure recreational
enthusiasts are not discriminated against."
the last Congress, the U.S. Senate passed a companion bill by
unanimous consent, but the bigger challenge has been getting
legislation approved in the House.
now have 101 co-sponsors for this legislation in the House, which
is an important milestone," said Moreland. "But to reach
218 votes and get H.R. 1076 passed, immediate grassroots action is
crucial, especially since House members are returning to their
districts soon to campaign for the fall election."
Representatives can quickly and easily be contacted by going to
the AMA Rapid Response Center at www.AMADirectlink.com.
organizations supporting this legislation include: American
Council of Snowmobile Association; American Horse Council;
American Recreation Coalition; American Trails; Americans for
Responsible Recreational Access; Blue Ribbon Coalition;
International Mountain Bicycling Association; Motorcycle Industry
Council; Motorcycle Riders Foundation; National Ski Areas
Association; Specialty Vehicle Industry Council; Sporting Goods
Manufacturing Association; and the Washington Road Riders
American Motorcyclist Association: rights. riding. racing.
1924, the AMA is a non-profit organization with 290,000 members.
The Association's purpose is to pursue, protect and promote the
interests of motorcyclists, while serving the needs of its
members. For more information, visit the AMA website at www.AMADirectlink.com.
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