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August 2, 2000

GOP Delegates Add Patient Lawsuits to Party Platform
Excerpt: "Adopting the position of congressional GOP, delegates to the Republican National Convention have approved language allowing managed-care enrollees to sue their health plans. The platform requires enrollees to first appeal to an external review panel and allows lawsuits only as a 'last resort' to ensure access to necessary medical care." (Modern Healthcare)

AMA Takes Case for Patients' Rights to Floor of Republican Convention
Excerpt: "The AMA is reminding Republican delegates and party leaders that if a real patients' bill of rights is good enough for Texas Gov. George Bush, it should be good enough for them. On the convention floor, the AMA is using a selectronic billboard (32 TV screens put together to make a big screen) to say, 'Senate GOP: pass a REAL patients' bill of rights.' The ad appears every five minutes and runs 19 hours a day." (American Medical Association)

(Following also appears in Retirement Plans Edition)

Web Site of The National Association of Prudential Retirees and Vested Terminators, Inc.
An example of a site created by a retiree organization, primarily concerned with pension and retiree health issues. Excerpt: "The NAPRI community website is intended for the use of Prudential retirees, employees and vested terminators as a source of communication and for sharing pertinent information about OUR pension plan benefits and other related information." (NAPRI)

Special DOL Presentation in Atlanta August 17: Focus On The Future: A Look at Family Health Benefits
Excerpt: "The purpose of the program is twofold: (1) To recognize the great strides that have been made through ERISA in protecting private industry workers health and pension benefits, and (2) To provide individuals who have the general public as constituents an opportunity to ask questions about health and pension benefits." (U.S. Department of Labor)

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