Amicus Briefs / Emergency Petitions
/ Comments on Proposed Regulations
AAHF filed several emergency petitions
addressing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulations on health
claims for dietary supplements. We have also filed several citizens'
petitions and continue to file comments on proposed agency regulations
affecting the free flow of information to consumers.
of Covered Services
AAHF filed a Petition for Rulemaking
with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, requesting the
Health Care Financing Administration to require each Medicare carrier
to publish twice annually a master list of covered and non-covered services
under Part B and, at the end of each year, distribute the list to each
participating provider within its jurisdiction, and to make the list
available to any provider upon request. We also asked that providers'
good faith reliance on a master list in submitting or not submitting
a claim for reimbursement is a defense to a charge of abuse or fraud
in submitting or not submitting the claim. Although this petition was
filed in June of 1998, the Department has yet to respond.
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