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Monday, October 19, 2009


As the Senate Finance bill and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions bill continue to me merged behind closed doors, legislative language of the Senate Finance version is finally released. Several sources have said that a final bill could be expected as early as Thursday or Friday of this week.

Along with the final Senate Finance legislative language, Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV) released an accompanying statement adding, "I am extremely concerned that the Committee mark does nothing to inform consumers of their treatment options at the end of life or help them document their individual wishes for care." We can look for Sen. Rockefeller to introduce amendments once the bill moves to the Senate floor. It is nearly certain that the merged House (for more see here) will contain provisions relating to end-of-life counseling.

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