Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Health Care Reform:

Health Insurance & Affordable Care Act

Lawmakers Want Final Patients' Bill of Rights by Month's End


And there are even huger differences between the two bills beyond the right to sue. The scope of the House bill, for example, is far larger than that of the Senate. It would cover all 161 million Americans with employee-sponsored health insurance, while the Senate would largely apply to just 48 million Americans -- those in plans that are not governed by state laws. Senate Republicans have argued that states should regulate the other health plans.

The two bills also have major differences in the appeals processes they would establish for individuals over care denials and other grievances.

Significant haggling over the details is certain, but the question is, according to conferee Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif., "Can the Senate come far enough for the House to accept it?"

If the Senate comes, it may be kicking and screaming. The Senate Republican Policy Committee put out a document touting estimates that the House bill would jack up premiums so much that 1.2 million Americans would lose their coverage. The policy committee was citing data generated through employer and insurance groups.

And Nickles said Thursday that the top consideration for a final bill was that it "do no harm," such as raising costs and increasing the number of uninsured Americans. "Let's try to take the best of both bills," he said.

The conference committee plans to hold its second meeting on March 9.

Latest Health Reform News

Loading …
URAC: Accredited Health Web Site TRUSTe online privacy certification HONcode Seal AdChoices