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Old 08-31-2007, 10:25 AM   #1
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PLEASE take a moment and do this...

If you like riding and want to continue to be covered by your health provider becasue you ride, please follow this link that helps you send a letter to your congressman so that a loophole in legislation can be corrected.

http://www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/rapidresponse.asp

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U.S. Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX-26) and U.S. Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI-1) recently introduced H.R. 1076, "The HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act.” Identical legislation obtained 177 bipartisan cosponsors and passed the full Senate in the 108th Congress.

H.R. 1076 aims at ending health care discrimination for individuals participating in legal transportation and recreational activities-activities like motorcycling, snowmobiling, skiing, horseback riding, and all-terrain vehicle riding.

This legislation addresses a loophole caused by a Department of Health and Human Services' rule making it possible for health care benefits to be denied to those who are injured while participating in these activities.

“The development of this bill could not have been possible without bipartisan congressional support and the hard work of the American Motorcyclist Association,” stated Congressman Burgess. “I look forward to working alongside the AMA to get this legislation passed into law.''

Congressman Stupak noted, “This important legislation would prevent health insurance discrimination against citizens who take part in legal, recreational activities such as motorcycle riding and snowmobiling. I look forward to continuing to work with the American Motorcyclist Association and other organizations on this issue."

On August 21, 1996 an important opportunity arose when President Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), prohibiting employers from denying health care coverage based on a worker’s pre-existing medical conditions or participation in legal activities, such as motorcycling.

In 2001, the Department of Health and Human Services released the final rules that would govern the HIPAA law. The rules recognize that employers cannot refuse health care coverage to an employee on the basis of their participation in a recognized legal activity. However, the benefits can be denied for injuries sustained in connection with those activities. Therefore, you were guaranteed the right to health care coverage but not guaranteed any benefits in return for your monthly payments.

The AMA is urging all motorcyclists to notify their Representatives and tell them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 1076, "The HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act."
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:01 AM   #2
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it is kinda retarded for insurance not to cover you in a accident that occurs on any of the things listed above. accidents happen even if you are in a car, or in the kitchen, using the bathroom etc...so why do they exclude accidents that happen on motorcycles, snowmobiles, etc.?

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Old 08-31-2007, 12:06 PM   #3
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Wow! Didn't know this! I'd hate to be one of the ones that get's the "sorry, you won't be covered!" letter...

I also gave my support!

Oh... and don't just view this and think, I'll send something later... if you go to the link above, it's really simple and takes a total of 3-5 minutes!

And... Stop thinking "what does it matter... nothing will happen" and just do it! =)

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Old 08-31-2007, 12:09 PM   #4
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Done, and forwarded to some of my friends who ride, Thanks!
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dont have health insurance right now but did it anyway.
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dont have health insurance right now but did it anyway.
That's great!


For those of you thinking that not having health insurance is a reason not to do it... it's not!!!

Do it anyway! One day, you will get a good job and will have insurance and you don't want to be paying and then not get covered...

A friend of mine is someone's cousin, that recently got into a motorcycle accident... she recently told me what his bill is looking like... OUCH!!!!
(I won't give details without her consent and I'm not asking her to give it to me... so don't ask, but know, that you don't want to pay this out of your own pocket!!! )

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Thank you for contacting my office. I'm always glad when the people of the 14th District of Texas let me know their views on important issues facing Americans.

While I understand your desire to mandate Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and health insurance plans provide coverage to those who have incur health problems related to recreational activities, I cannot support such mandates for several reasons.

First of all, the government lacks constitutional authority to interfere in the health care market. As you know, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, an oath which I take very seriously. Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the power to micromanage health care financing.

The Constitution limits the power of the federal government because people are better off when they can care for themselves, instead of having their lives controlled by a strong central government.

Rather than burden the health care system with costly new government mandates, I support measures to return power over health care decisions to the American people by making it easier for Americans to use devices such as Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs). MSAs would allow individuals to choose their own health care and would allow them to profit when they economize in their health care choices. This will provide incentives for health care consumers to shop for the best care at the lowest possible price. I am currently cosponsoring legislation that would expand the number of Americans who can choose MSAs.

Of course, MSAs are only one type of reform. Any system of generous tax credits or deductions would help ensure access to quality health care at a reasonable price. This is because these reforms remove the bureaucrats and place the patient at the center of the health care system. When people have the freedom and responsibility to make their own health care decisions in the free market, the results will inevitably be lower prices and better care for all forms of health services.

Thanks again for writing. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

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it is kinda retarded for insurance not to cover you in a accident that occurs on any of the things listed above. accidents happen even if you are in a car, or in the kitchen, using the bathroom etc...so why do they exclude accidents that happen on motorcycles, snowmobiles, etc.?

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Wow, so I might not be covered under my health care insurance if I get into a wreck?
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All you have to do is get personal injury protection on your bike insurance. It's going to be cheaper than upping your health insurance it seems anyway...


Ron Paul is right about staying out of healthcare...
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