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Access to medical treatment act


By Lee Bechtel
National NHF Advocate

Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), who is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, for the Government Reform Committee, and a sponsor of H.R. 2085, the Access To Medical Treatment Act (AMTA), has sent a letter to Congressman Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), the Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, requesting a Subcommittee mark-up hearing for this legislation.

This is good news for supporters of the AMTA legislation. Grassroots action is needed to help build Subcommittee and full Energy and Commerce Committee member support for the Burton request. To this end, the following list of targeted members is provided.

The list contains those members on the Health Subcommittee or the full Energy and Commerce Committee who currently or previously have supported/cosponsored AMTA legislation, except for Congressmen Bilirakis and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who is the Ranking Democratic member on the Health Subcommittee.

People are strongly encouraged to contact all of these Congresspersons to register their support for the Burton request to Health Subcommittee Chairman Bilirakis for a Subcommittee mark-up on this legislation at the earliest convenient time, and to have individual Representatives contact Congressmen Bilirakis and Sherrod Brown personally to state their support for the Burton request.

Please click on the appropriate links below to read the following information or right click and choose "Save Target As..." to save this to your file directory for future use and reference. The following files are all in .pdf format requiring Adobe Reader which can be downloaded for your system by clicking the icon at the bottom of this text:

Actual letter Congressman Burton sent to Congressman Bilirakis (R-FL)

Letter to contact Congressmen to state support for Burton's request

List of targeted Representatives to contact and express your support for Burton's request.