Senate Votes To Continue Health Care’s ‘Grandfather Rule’

By September 30, 2010Health Care, Regulations

The Senate on Wednesday voted 40-59 against S.J.Res. 39, a “resolution of disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act that would have blocked the Department of Health and Human Services from implementing its proposed Grandfather Rule.

The National Association of Manufacturers sent the Senate a “Key Vote” letter in support of the resolution introduced by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Excerpt:

Unfortunately, the Grandfather Rule proposed by HHS limits the ability of manufacturers to tailor their health plans to meet the needs of their workforce. This will lead to higher health care costs due to restrictions on changes made to cost-sharing, employer contributions and other routine tools businesses use to lower costs.

For example, losing grandfather status will impose additional mandates on manufacturers, such as a burdensome claims appeals process, additional transparency requirements and additional reporting requirements.

Sen. Enzi’s office issued a news release when the Senator introduced the resolution, “Enzi proposes to overturn job killing provision in new health care law.”

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