Amid debate over Medicare reform, other healthcare-related legislation also advanced in the lawmaking process. The House approved legislation aimed at increasing use of medical savings accounts. The bill subsequently was wrapped into the larger Medicare reform package that passed last night. Among other provisions, the bill would permit participants to maintain medical savings accounts if they change jobs and roll over excess balances. Meanwhile, the Senate passed legislation that would increase federal grants for state trauma systems to $12 million annually from $6 million. Only about half of states have statewide trauma systems, lawmakers said, and the legislation would reduce the state funding required for federal matching funds. The bill also would commission an Institute of Medicine study of trauma care. -- by Tony Fong
Medical savings account, trauma bills advance
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