In a statement Johnson said the hearing will “enable Members to compare the major alternatives before the House in order to become more informed on the issues, and to discover whether we can reach agreement.”
In announcing the hearing, Representative Johnson acknowledged three major legislative alternatives:
- H.R. 526 ? the Bipartisan Patient Protection Act of 2001, sponsored by Reps. Ganske (R-Iowa) and Dingell (D-Michigan)
- H.R. 2315 ? the Patient?s Bill of Rights of 2001, sponsored by Reps. Fletcher (R-Kentucky), Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) and Nancy Johnson (R-Connecticut)
- S. 1052 ? the Bipartisan Patient Protection Act, cosponsored by Sens. McCain, Edwards and Kennedy
Oral testimony at the hearing will be from invited witnesses only, and will include the primary authors of the major patient protection legislation before the House. A written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing may be submitted.
The hearing will take place on Monday, July 16, 2001, in the main Committee hearing room, 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 4:00 p.m.