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House Passes Health Care Reform Legislation

Three committees in the US House of Representatives introduced comprehensive health care reform legislation on July 14, 2009, according to AuntMinnie.com. New legislation would change the equipment-utilization rate for advanced diagnostic imaging services such as MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, and PET from its current 50% rate to 75%. The House is expected to approve the bill before August 1, 2009.

The bill also seeks to adjust the technical component discount involving single-session imaging of contiguous body parts.

The America’s Affordable Health Choices Act (Tri-Committee bill) is consistent with President Obama’s overall goals of building on what works within the current health care system by strengthening employer-provided care, while fixing what is broken.

The House Committees on Education and Labor, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce have been working together in an unprecedented way as one committee to develop the proposal for health care reform.