Anti-motorcyclist health insurance measures in U.S. Senate
May 6, 2004
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The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports that a bipartisan bill to end health-care discrimination against motorcyclists and ATV riders has cleared a key U.S. Senate committee.
By a unanimous voice vote, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Oct. 29 approved S. 423 that would bar health plans from denying benefits to people injured while riding motorcycles, ATVs, horses, or engaging in other legal recreational or transportation activities.
A similar measure, HR 1749, is being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which prohibits companies from denying access to employer-sponsored health insurance for motorcyclists and those who participate in other recreational activities.
However, federal regulators created a loophole that allows the denial of benefits under various conditions.