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Bernard Moss Bernard_Moss at d4.niaid.pc.niaid.nih.gov
Sat Jul 23 12:44:29 EST 1994

Harkin/Hatfield/Coyne Health Research Fund

Three of the four Health Care Reform bills reported by Committees in Congress 
contain versions of the Harkin/Hatfield/Coyne Health Research Fund. The 
Senate Finance Committee Bill would create a biomedical reserach trust fund 
financed by a quarter of 1.75% surcharge on health insurance premiums; the 
Senate Labor and Human Resources Bill would phase in a 1% surcharge on 
premiums which would provide $4-5 billlion increased support for NIH by the 
year 2000; the House Ways and Means Committee bill would finance the Health 
Research Trust Fund with a surcharge on premiums equal to 0.5% of a proposed 
2% tax on premiums. The leadership in the House and Senate are currently 
drafting bills to meld provisions from the various committee bills into one 
piece of legislation that will be taken to the floor in early August.

The American Society for Microbiology Public Affairs Report is recommending 
that individuals contact key legislators by fax or mailgram and urge that the 
Harkin/Hatfield/Coyne Health Research Fund be included in the health care 
reform bills that will be brought to the floor.

House of Representatives                                    FAX number
Richard Gephardt (D-MO) House Majority Leader               202-225-7452
Joe Moakley (D-MA) Chair, House Rules Committee             202-225-3984
Sam Gibbons (D-FL), Chair, House Ways and Means Committee   202-225-0254
Pete Stark (D-CA) Chair, House Ways and Means Subcommittee
 on Health                                                  202-225-0902
John Dingell (D-MI) Chair, House Energy and Commerce
 Committee                                                  202-225-4637       
Henry Waxman (D-CA) Chair, House Energy and Commerce
 Subcommittee on Health                                     202-225-4099
William Ford (D-MI) Chair, House Education and Labor
Committee                                                   202-225-0489

George Mitchell (D-ME) Senate Majority Leader               202-224-6853
Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Chair, Senate Labor and Human 
Resources Committee                                         202-224-2417
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) Chair, Senate Finance
Committee                                                   202-228-3815

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