Friday, November 26, 2010

“Drafting Error” in Health Care Law Costs Children’s Hospitals $100 million Per Year

The Boston Globe reports that partisan wrangling in the Senate is impeding legislation to correct “an error in the federal health care law that could cost Children's Hospital Boston and others like it millions of dollars in added drug costs.” All that is needed, says the story, is changing “just 47 words in the 1,880-page law,” a seemingly small task that is proving difficult “with Republicans fighting to repeal the health care bill rather than fix it and Democrats loath to acknowledge its flaws.” The story explains that congressional staff intended to allow children's hospitals continued access to the portion of a federal program that offers below-market prices on 347 specific medicines for rare, life-threatening conditions. But that language was accidentally altered. “Everybody on every side of the issue thinks it should be fixed.'' The problem is estimated to cost children's hospitals “about $100 million annually.”

 

JRB

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