You may lose health bennies if you ride
Posted May 15, 2001 - 06:36 PM
Thanks Larry Shepherd MnUSA WEB Monitor
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2001 2:54 PM
Subject: Health Insurance Discrimination In Effect RECREATIONISTS AND OTHERS MAY LOSE HEALTH BENEFITS
Lansing, Michigan -- New federal regulations that legalize health-care discrimination against snowmobilers, motorcyclists, horse riders and others involved in recreational activities have taken effect despite concerted efforts by snowmobilers, skiers, motorcyclists, equestrians and others to change the rules, the American Council of Snowmobile Association (ACSA) reports.
The new regulations, which became the law of the land on May 8, are the end result of a rulemaking process that dragged on for nearly five years after Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
The new rules state that an employer cannot refuse health-care coverage to an employee based on participation in legal recreational activities after working hours, but that health-care benefits can be denied for injuries suffered while taking part in those activities.
The rules, issued jointly by the Internal Revenue Service, the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, and the Health Care Finance Administration, directly contradict the intent of Congress in passing this law.
In fact, language in the Congressional Record at the time noted that the law "is intended to ensure, among other things, that individuals are not excluded from health-care coverage due to their participation in activities such as motorcycling, snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicle riding, horseback riding, skiing and other similar activities."
Many recreation groups worked hard to get that language included in the Congressional Record after uncovering incidents in which employers were discriminating against recreationists, leaving them without coverage when they were involved in recreational activities.
The new regulations went into effect despite the efforts of many organizations and individuals who took the time to comment on the proposed rules, and to contact members of Congress asking that they urge the new Bush administration to change the discriminatory parts of the regulations.
"These rules make the entire law meaningless," Christine Jourdain, ACSA Executive Director. "They open the door to the elimination of health coverage for all types of legal recreational activities, from snowmobiling to riding a bike to running or walking."
Recreation based organizations are planning to join forces to go back to Congress in hopes of getting a new bill passed reinstating the original intent of the health-insurance bill.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson's staff indicated that he didn't feel he had the authority to change the language of the rules, and that he was reluctant to do anything that might interfere with states' rights to determine the benefit coverage in their states.
The rules, only now taking effect, were issued on Jan. 5 in the final days of President Clinton's administration.
In the meantime, Jourdain is urging snowmobilers and all recreationists to check their health-insurance policies to see whether they would receive health-care benefits if they are hurt while participating in legal recreational activities.
Sorry for making you puke.
Posted May 16, 2001 - 04:30 AM
Posted May 16, 2001 - 05:31 AM
Posted May 16, 2001 - 06:05 AM
And to think you actually believed that we lived in a representative republic.
As a friend of mine said, now you know that if you hurt yourself riding, well you must have done it getting out of bed that morning.
Posted May 16, 2001 - 06:16 AM
Pole smokers? (sorry guys)
People that drive small crappy dangerous cars?
People that drive in the left lane under the speed limit?
I can think of a lot more if I want.
Shouldn't all these high risk groups be banned too?
Posted May 16, 2001 - 07:04 AM
[This message has been edited by mike68 (edited 05-16-2001).]
Posted May 16, 2001 - 07:15 AM
Did you really mean "I"?
Originally posted by mike68:
I must really suck if a person is both.
That is definitely a place where you don't want a typo!
[This message has been edited by Freezer (edited 05-16-2001).]
Posted May 16, 2001 - 07:42 AM
When in doubt, GAS IT!
What are you, YELLOW?
Posted May 16, 2001 - 08:10 AM
Posted May 16, 2001 - 03:15 PM
Posted May 16, 2001 - 05:26 PM
Posted May 17, 2001 - 01:19 PM
don't crash too hard, huge
Posted May 17, 2001 - 09:53 PM