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Insurance and HMOs / Viagra / Congress #180566

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 19, 1998
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(San Francisco: Ken Kashiwahara) The mixed reception from insurance companies and HMOs to paying for the anti-impotence drug Viagra featured; announcement by the Kaiser Permanente HMO that it will not pay for Viagra noted. [Kaiser Permanente Dr. Francis CROSSON - cites the cost.] Examples of illnesses now having reduced or eliminated coverage outlined on screen. [Consumers for Quality Care Jamie COURT - comments.]

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) Movement in Congress to keep HMOs in check by laws allowing people to sue HMOs featured; examples cited of life-saving operations not covered by HMOs. [Terminal brain tumor patient Bill BEAVER, accident patient Jacqueline LEE - recount their medical problems and the HMO responses.] [Representative Charlie NORWOOD - says federal law precludes suing HMOs.] [American Association of Health Plans Susan PISANO - raises the cost issue.] The pressure on Republican leaders to come up with HMO bills noted.

Douglass, Linda;
Kashiwahara, Ken;
Sawyer, Forrest

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