What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment to Extend the Enrollment Period and Allow Seniors to Choose Which Form of Prescription Drug Coverage Best Suits Their Needs.
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment to Extend the Enrollment Period and Allow Seniors to Choose Which Form of Prescription Drug Coverage Best Suits Their Needs.
senate Roll Call 234     Jun 24, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

As originally proposed, the prescription drug bill before the Senate would give seniors drug coverage either through private insurance plans, if they remained in the Medicare program, or through new private health networks (which function much like preferred provider organizations, or PPO's) if seniors switched out of Medicare. Moreover, individuals would have to decide almost immediately on which type of health and prescription drug coverage best suits their needs. To allow seniors more time to digest the consequences of the new law and choose which plan works best for them, Senator Dodd (D-CT) introduced an amendment to provide an open enrollment period in which seniors could have switched between the two forms of coverage for up to two years. Progressives favored Dodd's approach because, in their view, seniors should be provided ample time to determine which form of health and prescription drug insurance provides the most complete coverage for their particular health needs. Senator Grassley (R-IA) motioned to table (strike down) the Dodd amendment and, with the help of all fifty-one Republicans, the measure was defeated 55-42.

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