Thursday, September 14, 2006
House Subcommittee Sends H.R. 4859 to the Full Committee
On September 13, the House Federal Workforce and Agency Organization subcommittee approved by voice vote the Manager's amended version of H.R. 4859, the Federal Family Health Information Technology Act, and sent it on to the full Government Reform Committee for its consideration. As previously reported in the blog, this bill would require Federal Employees Health Benefit Plans to provide their menbers with electronic health records. According to press reports, America's Health Insurance Plans , a major industry trade association, had asked the Subcommittee chairman, Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV) to delay the legislation until health insurers develop standards for EHRs and the systems used to store and transmit them."