Health Care for All Americans Act (S. 1720, H.R. 5191)

Introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy to the 96th Congress (1979-1980). Companion legislation was filed by Rep. Henry Waxman in the House the same session.


Read the full Senate bill from 96th Congress (1979-1980).
Read the summary of S. 491 from the 96th Congress (1979-1980).
See the list of 21 Congressional cosponsors for the 96th Congress (1979-1980).


Read the full House bill from 96th Congress (1979-1980).
Read the summary of S. 491 from the 96th Congress (1979-1980).
See the list of 62 Congressional cosponsors for the 96th Congress (1979-1980).


Brief Summary of the Legislation

Health Care for All Americans Act – Establishes a comprehensive “national health insurance system” (defined as the programs established by this Act and Medicare for the financing of health-care services). States the findings and purposes of this Act.

Enumerates the rights of eligible individuals, providers, insurers and health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Requires that such individuals and entities have their views considered with respect to actions under this Act affecting them.

Gives such an individual the right to: (1) choose any participating provider with respect to a covered service; (2) the prompt and accurate making of decisions under this Act; (3) be heard on any grievance related to benefits under this Act; and (4) confidential treatment and use of information collected under this Act.

Gives such a provider the right to: (1) decide whether or not to participate in the system; (2) the prompt and accurate payment for services; and (3) choose the mode and place of practice (with respect to a physician provider).

Gives such an insurer and HMO the right to: (1) decide whether or not to participate in the system; and (2) carry on a supplemental health insurance business.