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This week, the Senate Finance Committee advanced its version of a health reform bill by a vote of 14 – 9.  This is the fifth and final committee with jurisdiction over health care issues to finish committee deliberations on such legislation.

The Finance Committee’s more centrist approach to health reform garnered support from just one Republican on the Committee, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

Finance Chair Senator Max Baucus Confers with Senator Olympia Snowe

Now that all House and Senate committees have completed action on their respective health reform bills, the next step in the political process requires the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate to develop one consensus bill for consideration by their respective full chambers.  

The timing for a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives is unclear at this time.  However, it appears that the Senate will kick-off its debate by the end of October, a process expected to last more than three weeks.

In our continuing efforts to provide SHRM members with up-to-date information on health care reform developments, the SHRM Health Care Reform Comparison Chart has been updated to reflect amendments adopted this week in the Senate Finance Committee’s approved bill, which is titled “The America’s Healthy Future Act.”



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