11-24-2004

04NR44 - Bill To End Discrimination Against Bikers Passes Senate

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President - Government Relations
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November 23, 2004

#04NR44 - Bill To End Discrimination Against Bikers Passes Senate

A bill to close the current health insurance discriminatory loophole has been passed by the United States Senate. This legislation, S.423 Health Care Parity for Legal Transportation, was authored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI). The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to thank every SMRO that raveled to Washington, DC to lobby for this legislation since the 108th Congress began in January of 2002. Without the dedication and commitment of these individuals and organizations, this measure certainly would not have passed.

The very last bill to pass before the Senate adjourned at 12:30 AM Sunday, November 21st; this legislation will prohibit health plans from refusing coverage based on the source of the injury.

Passage in the Senate is a huge victory, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Washington for official business the second week of December. We have a unique opportunity before us to make motorcycling history and to make that happen, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is issuing a call to action.

The MRF is asking every motorcyclist to call their member of the US House and urge them to support the Senate bill, S. 423. The Senate bill will be sent to the House when Congress reconvenes in December. We must gather enough support from our champions in Congress, to insure that leadership will have no choice but to bring the measure up for consideration. If our members of the US House do not hear from motorcyclists across the country, the bill will certainly die.

To identify your member of the US House of Representatives go to www.house.gov/writerep, this will give you the name and contact information that is needed. Please take the time to call your Representative. Email will not be as effective. Phoning the office, be it the DC office or local, is the quickest way to get the information to the correct person.

Before you call however, please check the list of House co-sponsors to determine if your House member is already in support of HR 1749, if so then it is doubly important for you and everyone you know to call and urge their support. To determine if your House member is a supporter, use the following website, http://thomas.loc.gov/ . From there enter HR 1749, the house companion bill, then click the link for "bill summary and status" and then "cosponsors".

The House companion bill (HR 1749) was introduced by Rep. Scott McCinnis (R-CO) and Rep. Ted Strickland (D-OH).

Rarely are we given a chance to make this kind of history. Please call your member of the US House and ask for their support for S. 423.


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