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Lawmakers Shift Health Care Costs
(2007-10-22)
(wgvu) - WASHINGTON (AP) - A health care bill provision could shift
millions in costs onto private health care plans for people with
kidney disease.
The plans are run by Michigan companies such as General Motors,
Ford and Dow Chemical.
Patients on private health care plans now must wait 33 months
before receiving care for end-stage kidney disease. A bill passed
by the House would extend that period by 12 months.
Business and labor groups estimate the changes would cost them
about $3.5 billion over 10 years.
GM says it would cost the Detroit automaker about 70 million
dollars more a year. Ford estimates the cost increases would run in
the tens of millions of dollars annually. Dow says it would see its
costs grow by $1.5 million a year.
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