MRF E-MAIL NEWS Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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Washington, DC 20002-4980
For Immediate Release
17 March 2009
Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice
President of Government Affairs, MRF
Email: jeff at mrf.org
On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, The United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce passed legislation that would make it illegal for insurance providers to exploit what is known as the "source of injury exclusion" loophole; reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
On that day the
committee chaired by US Representative Henry Waxman considered 10 bills that
had passed the House with bipartisan support in
the 110th Congress. Under a motion those bills were ordered favorably reported to the House by unanimous consent.
Under current law,
insurance providers can refuse to pay for treatment of an injury based solely
on the source of the injury. Simply by pointing to
the "source of injury" law, no prior notice of possible denial of benefits for that source of injury is required.
Sources of injury
that can be used as a reason by insurance providers to refuse payment of medical
bills include motorcycling, snow skiing, ATVs
and horseback riding.
According to HR
1253, known as the Health Insurance Source of Injury Clarification Act, if an
insurance provider wants to be able to put
limitations on payment for an injury from a specific source they must meet the following requirements.
* "Make such limitations
and restrictions explicit and clear; "
* "If part of a group plan, must be disclosed to plan sponsor in advance of the point of sale of plan;"
* "The plan sponsor and issuer of health insurance coverage provide a description that is easily understandable to the participant prior to
To summarize the
legalese, your health insurance provider can limit payment for an injury sustained
on a motorcycle so long as it is spelled
out to you in simple terms well in advance of you joining the plan.
Closing the loophole
entirely and mandating that insurance companies must cover all injuries sustained
while operating a legal motorcycle is still
the ultimate goal of the MRF. HR 1253 puts Congress on record that this issue needs attention and is willing to work on it. The MRF will continue
to keep you updated on this important matter.
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