Health Care Issues

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The Senate is set to consider a bill that could do away with health insurance coverage of mammograms and annual physicals for children.

The bill makes it easier for businesses to band together to offer their workers scaled-back health insurance. It allows insurers to bypass state-mandated coverage requirements.

Supporters say pre-empting those requirements will help more businesses and their employers afford health insurance.

Opponents say the bill would result in health insurance policies that don't protect workers when they get ill.

Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, who is sponsoring the legislation, predicts most businesses will stick with the policies they currently offer.

It will be the third measure debated by the Senate during what Republicans have dubbed "health week."

Democrats yesterday blocked two proposals to cap medical malpractice awards.