Friday, May 9, 2008

Hill Watching, May 8th, 2008 - Cancer Trials & Adoption

On the Senate side, here is bill introduced by Sen. Brown to provide coverage to folks undergoing clinical cancer trials. There are countless stories of people who are forced to give up fighting their cancer and if we can require coverage for clinical trials, at least there will be hope:

By Mr. BROWN (for himself, Mr. SPECTER, and Mr. WHITEHOUSE):
S. 2999. A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide coverage for individuals participating in approved cancer clinical trials; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. [S3975]

On the House side, this is an interesting bill. If I understand it correctly, it allows birthmothers that give their children up for adoption to receive a tax credit. I'm all for adoption, but it seems to me that the folks raising the children are the ones who need to tax credits, but that is just one person's opinion:

H.R. 6014. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for birthmothers whose children are adopted; to the Committee on Ways and Means. [H3403]

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