Senators Expected To Add Health Disparities-Related Amendment to Economic Stimulus PackageSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chair Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) on Wednesday are expected to try to amend the economic stimulus package's health information technology section to include a measure that seeks to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, CongressDaily reports. The amendment aims to ensure that electronic medical records collect data based on race, ethnicity and gender. AARP and several minority and consumer groups intend to support the proposal, according to CongressDaily (Noyes, CongressDaily, 2/4).
The Senate began debate on the almost $900 billion economic stimulus package on Monday. Lawmakers have offered several amendments related to health care and other areas (Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 2/3).
According to the Washington Post, Democratic senators are considering eliminating provisions from the package that would not provide an immediate boost to the economy as a way to gain more bipartisan support (Murray/Kane, Washington Post, 2/4). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.