URGENT BRIEFING S.1955 and the Preemption of State Mandated Benefit Statutes For Presentation to: National Chiropractic Legislative Conference 2006 Prepared by: John Falardeau, ACA VP Government Relations Richard Miller, ACA Consultant/Lobbyist MARCH 2006 CORE CONCERN:
For Presentation to:
National Chiropractic Legislative Conference 2006
ACA VP Government Relations
Possible scenarios to defeat the bill:
3) Democrats allow S.1955 to go to the floor for debate. However, they file numerous amendments to the measure (some dealing with Medicare and other extraneous health issues). Debate on these amendments is time consuming and bogs down the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Frist files a Cloture Motion attempting to cut-off further debate. 60 votes are required to invoke cloture – 41 votes prevent imposition of cloture. Democrats muster and maintain 41 votes to continue debate on the bill. As the Senate is now bogged down considering endless amendments, Frist is forced to “pull” the bill off the floor. The bill is effectively “killed” via the amendment process.
Could be anytime between now and the presumed end of this Session of Congress (October 2006) -- Could come soon
The most important thing state associations can do is to generate massive grassroots pressure on the Senate – and to continue to apply the pressure until advised otherwise by the ACA.