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08NR21 – MRF News Release – MRFA&E Organizational Efforts Complete

October 21, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR21 – MRF News Release – MRFA&E Organizational Efforts Complete 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation for Awareness and Education, Inc. would like to announce that it has received its official tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. This qualifies us as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. All donations made to RFA&E
are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.

MRFA&E will not be engaging in issue advocacy or lobbying of any kind. We will be providing several valuable services to the Motorcyclists’ Rights Movement however. A room in the Washington DC office of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will now be dedicated to legislative and historical
research. It will be funded by MRFA&E.

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08NR20 – MRF News Release – Washington Update

October 19, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR20 – MRF News Release – Washington Update 

NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a quarterly Motorcycle Safety Network meeting in Washington DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports. The meeting, originally the brainchild of NHTSA, has mushroomed into almost an entire DOT meeting as the room had a good number of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials either reporting or just listening. It seems that as with the sales of new motorcycles, so goes this meeting’s attendance. Each meeting’s attendance has increased significantly and has now grown out of the current DOT conference facilities.

The meeting was attended by all government transportation officials as well as representatives from SMSA, MIC, MSF, AMA, IIHS, Honda, Harley and ASMI.

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08LR19 – MRF Leaders Report – October

October 3, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08LR19 – MRF Leaders Report – October 

Washington Update

The US House passed the Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Act of 2008 (HR 6908) last week. This bill, as previously reported by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), would force insurance providers to disclose upfront, in writing, any activity they are unwilling to provide full payment for an injury sustained while participating in said activity. Currently the insurance providers need only refer to the federal loophole known as the “source of injury exclusion provision” to limit payment for any injury based on the source of the injury.

The bill passed with unanimous consent by the US House and is now being considered by the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). The Senate has passed legislation that was farther reaching than HR 6809 in a previous Congress so the outlook remains bright but time is running short. The MRF will keep you informed on this important issue.

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08NR18 – MRF News Release – HR 6908 Scheduled for a Vote

September 22, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR18 – MRF News Release – HR 6908 Scheduled for a Vote 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that HR 6908 is scheduled to be voted on by the US House of Representatives Tuesday, September 23rd. According to HR 6809, if an insurance provider wants to be able to put limitations on payment for an injury from a specific source they must meet the following requirements.

  + “Make such limitations and restrictions explicit and clear; ”
  + “If part of a group plan, must be disclosed to plan sponsor in advance of the point of sale of plan;”
  + “The plan sponsor and issuer of health insurance coverage provide a description that is easily understandable to the participant prior to enrollment.”

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08LR18 – MRF Leaders Report – September

September 19, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08LR18 – MRF Leaders Report – September 

The United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce today passed legislation that would make it illegal for insurance providers to exploit what is known as the “source of injury exclusion” loophole, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports.

Under current law, insurance providers can refuse to pay for treatment of an injury based solely on the source of the injury, with no prior notice of denial of benefits for that source of injury simply by pointing to the “source of injury” law that exists today.

Some sources of injury that can be used as a reason by insurance providers to refuse payment of medical bills are motorcycling, snow skiing, ATVs and horse back riding.

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08NR17 – MRF News Release – HIPAA Update

September 16, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR17 – MRF News Release – HIPAA Update 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that HR 1076 will be marked up by the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce tomorrow September 17th at 10 AM. The legislation to close the loophole that allows insurance companies to refuse payment for an injury that happens on a
motorcycle will be marked up in open session along with ten other bills in the Rayburn House Office Building.

HR 1076 is expected to pass favorably, however anything can happen in a markup. In order to ensure swift clean passage we are asking you to contact your Member of Congress IF they are a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. That list follows.

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08LR17 – MRF Leaders Report – September

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MRF Remains Neutral in Presidential Race

With the national parties’ conventions behind us, we no longer have “presumptive” presidential nominees. Senators McCain and Obama are now the standard bearers of their parties. As the summer begins to fade, the campaign for the highest office in the land kicks into high gear.

It’s hardly a surprise that the Motorcycle Riders Foundation should be asked our opinion of the two men seeking the presidency. It should also not come as a shock that the high-spirited men and women who form the framework of this nationwide organization may express opinions on the candidates.

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08NR16 – MRF News Release – Republican National Committee Director Meets with MRF

August 18, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR16 – MRF News Release – Republican National Committee Director Meets with MRF 

On a picture perfect August day, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation believes that it elevated it’s lobbying efforts to a new level. For several months the MRF had initiated letter, e-mail and phone correspondence with the Republican National Committee (RNC) requesting a meeting. The hope was to discuss our concerns with them over several appointees and members of President Bush’s administration. We felt that going to the hierarchy of the Republican Party would be a unique course of action to attempt to
influence this (and future) administrations.

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