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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, September 7, 1998 Volume 34--Number 36 Pages 1667-1730 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Ireland Community leaders, reception in Dublin--1723 Gateway, Inc., employees in Santry--1724 Swissair Flight 111, remarks in Dublin--1723 Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast--1705 Gathering for Peace in Armagh--1717 Groundbreaking ceremony for Springvale Educational Village in Belfast--1707 Victims of bombing in Omagh--1709 Radio address--1667 Russia Duma and regional leaders, meeting in Moscow--1703 First day of school festivities in Moscow--1677 Future Russian leaders in Moscow--1678 Virginia, roundtable discussion on education in Herndon--1668, 1670 Communications to Congress Guatemala-U.S. treaty on stolen vehicles and aircraft, message transmitting with documentation--1676 Communications to Congress--Continued Iraq, letter reporting on compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions--1710 Patients' Bill of Rights, letter to Senate majority leader--1684 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in Dublin, Ireland--1720 News conference with President Yeltsin of Russia in Moscow, September 2 (No. 163)--1686 Joint Statements Russia-U.S. agreement for promotion of aviation safety--1701 Russia-U.S. joint statements Common security challenges at the threshold of the twenty-first century--1696 Exchange of information on missile launches and early warning-- 1694 Protocol to the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons--1693 Situation in Kosovo--1693 Trade, investment, technological, and non-governmental cooperation--1694 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Joint Statements--Continued Russia-U.S. memoranda of understanding Cooperation in the field of civil aircraft accident/incident investigation and prevention--1698 Principles of cooperation in the fields of culture, the humanities, the social sciences, education, and the mass media--1700 Letters and Messages Labor Day, 1998, message--1727 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Ireland Deputy Prime Minister Harney--1724 Minister for Transportation, Energy, and Tourism O'Rourke--1724 Prime Minister Ahern--1720, 1724 Northern Ireland Assembly Deputy First Minister Mallon--1705, 1717 Assembly First Minister Trimble--1705, 1717 Meetings With Foreign Leaders--Continued Russia Duma leaders--1703 President Yeltsin--1686, 1693, 1694, 1696, 1698, 1700, 1701 United Kingdom Prime Minister Blair--1709, 1717 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mowlam--1709 Statements by the President Harold Ickes' 1996 campaign financing activities--1683 Northern Ireland peace process--1683, 1710 Northwest Airlines pilots strike--1676 Senate action on appropriations legislation--1683 Swissair Flight 111 crash--1710 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1730 Checklist of White House press releases--1730 Digest of other White House announcements--1728 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1729 [[Page 1667]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1667-1668] Monday, September 7, 1998 Volume 34--Number 36 Pages 1667-1730 Week Ending Friday, September 4, 1998 The President's Radio Address August 29, 1998 Good morning. I'm speaking to you today from the Edgartown Elementary School in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. I'd like to talk to you about how we can put progress over partisanship in efforts to expand access to quality health care for every American. Years from now, when we look back on the greatest accomplishments of this century, miraculous advances in medical care surely will be at the top of the list. But for all the successes of medicine, for all the wonders of its quality, parts of our rapidly changing medical system that deal with access to medical care are in desperate need of repair. Like many of you, I've been appalled by tragic and repeated stories of men and women fighting for their lives and, at the same time, forced to fight insurance companies focused not on getting them the medical care they need but on cutting costs even if it denies that medical care. Recently, I met Mary Kuhl, the wife of a 45-year-old man who died after his insurance company canceled his emergency heart surgery, against his doctor's urgent warnings. I met Mick Fleming, whose sister died of breast and lung cancer after she was unfairly denied the treatment her doctor recommended, treatment for which she was eligible and desperately needed. These stories and these practices are callous and unacceptable. We must do everything in our power to give our families greater protection at this time of great change in medical science. These things happen when, against doctors' recommendations, managed care plans deny procedures or treatment. Now, nobody wants to waste money, and the managed care movement has done a lot of good in slowing down unnecessary inflation. But none of us wants to see medical decisions affecting our families made by insurance company employees who are trained and paid to think like cost-cutting accountants, not care- giving doctors. That's why I've worked so hard to pass a Patients' Bill of Rights, available to all Americans in all plans--a Patients' Bill of Rights that would say medical decisions should be made by doctors, not accountants; emergency room procedures should be made available whenever and wherever they're needed; no one should be denied access to a specialist when it's needed; no one should be forced to change doctors in the middle of treatment just because an employer changes medical plans; there ought to be an appeal of a medical decision made by an accountant all the way up the chain in the company, quickly, until it gets to a doctor; people who are hurt ought to have redress; and medical records should be kept private. We've worked very hard to make these protections available to everyone we could. We've extended the protections of a Patients' Bill of Rights to 85 million Americans who get their health care through Federal plans, Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Employee Plan, the Veterans' Administration. Today we'll take executive action once again. More than 120 million Americans are in workplace health plans that are protected under Federal law. The Secretary of Labor has now been instructed to ensure that all these people can quickly appeal, through an internal review process, any coverage decision that denies the care their doctors said was needed and appropriate. That means 120 million more people will no longer have to take an HMO accountant's ``no'' for an answer. This will bring a lot greater peace of mind. In many of these stories we hear about, the HMO actually, ultimately, approves the treatment the doctor recommended but only after it goes through layer after layer after layer of appeal. And sometimes there's no appeal at all. What we're doing today is trying to give quick and prompt appeals through [[Page 1668]] an internal review process to the insurance companies and plans that are within our jurisdiction. It will help 120 million Americans, but it's not enough. It is simply not enough. We do not have the authority to extend all the critical patients' rights protections I mentioned to all the American people, and we won't have it until Congress acts. That's why I've worked since last November with doctors, nurses, consumers, lawmakers of both parties to get a strong, enforceable, and bipartisan bill of rights--again, one that says you have the right to emergency room care whenever and wherever you need it; the right to see that medical decisions are made by medical doctors, not insurance company accountants; the right to know you can't be forced to switch doctors abruptly; the right to see a specialist when you need it; the right to hold your health care plan accountable if it causes harm; and the right to privacy in medical records. These protections could have spared the Kuhls, the Flemings, and large numbers of other families across our country needless tragedies. They are protections all Americans deserve. Unfortunately, not a single one of these vital protections is assured in the Republican leadership bills now in the House and Senate. Both leave millions and millions of Americans without any protections at all. The Republican leadership of both Houses has not allowed full and open debate on the issue. The Senate hasn't even held a single vote. But remember, this is not a partisan issue. Nobody asks your party affiliation when you visit your doctor. No one wants to see unfeeling practices by insurance companies add to the pain of injury and disease. So when the Senate returns from recess next week, I urge lawmakers of both parties to make patient protections their first order of business. Last year we worked together in a bipartisan spirit to pass a balanced budget which included historic Medicare reforms and the largest investment in children's health in more than 30 years. This year Congress must act like that again. It must put progress ahead of partisanship and join me in giving Americans a Patients' Bill of Rights strong enough, enforceable enough to make quality health care every insurance company's bottom line. Thanks for listening. Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Edgartown Elementary School on Martha's Vineyard, MA.
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