Rep. Larsen to host telephone town hall on healthcare reform

Congressman Rick Larsen will host a telephone town hall tonight to talk about healthcare reform with residents of the 2nd District.

The 2nd District Democrat will participate in the call from his office in Washington, D.C. The main topic is HR 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which was introduced in the House on Thursday.

“I’m looking forward to hosting another telephone town hall with 2nd District Constituents,” Larsen said, noting his earlier visits to the district to speak with constituents.

“In August, I hosted two in-person town halls on healthcare reform in the 2nd District. Those events were well-attended, and I want to continue to hear from my constituents and share my thoughts on healthcare reform as I examine the bill and prepare to take this important vote.”

The town hall starts at 6:30 p.m. To participate in the telephone town hall, call 877-269-7289 and enter code 13740.

A copy of HR 3962 can be found here.

Late last week, Larsen said he liked what he saw in the proposed bill.

“The bill will protect people’s choice of doctors and health plans, and will expand access to quality, affordable health insurance options. And the bill includes a public option that works for Washington state," Larsen said.

“This bill includes language to fix the long-standing Medicare reimbursement problems that have hurt access to healthcare in Washington state.

“I am also pleased that this bill bans discrimination for pre-existing conditions, age and gender. It is just plain unacceptable to deny an individual coverage, or charge them through the roof, because of their age or gender, or because they have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes or cancer," the congressman said.

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