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Bill allowing lawsuits against HMOs signed by governor

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Governor Keating signed a bill today that would enable Oklahomans to sue their H-M-O's for health care decisions.

Senate Bill 1206 enables members to sue their H-M-O if it improperly denied them necessary medical treatment ordered by their primary physician or made decisions found detrimental to them.

Author of the bill, Senator Brad Henry, says the legislation had the overwhelming support of both Democrats and Republicans. Henry says consumers in the private sector should have the same basic health care rights as legislators and public employees.

Henry says protections were built into the bill that require patients to first exhaust the administrative review process and ensure that employers cannot be held liable for the actions of an H-M-O.

The law takes effect July First.
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