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President George W. Bush is surrounded by Congressman Bob Menendez, D-N.J.; Congresswoman Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio; Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Congressman Joe Barton, R-Texas from left to right. White House photo by Paul Morse

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., attended a White House bill signing ceremony Wednesday for a bill he ushered through his committee that is designed to help ease health care access to the poor, underinsured and uninsured by connecting them with individuals who can help them move through America’s complex health care system.

The Patient Navigator, Outreach, and Chronic Disease Prevention Act, S.898 relies on local resources and people working in community health centers and local hospitals to identify patients who may need help. By drawing from the knowledge of these local medical experts, patients will be able to identify and utilize health programs that Congress has already created, according to Enzi, Chairman of the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

“I am pleased with the bill because it will help Wyoming stay healthy and overcome barriers in the healthcare system. We have all had frustrations with the system and this bill aims to simplify the process for those with fewer resources. It will make an impact in Wyoming, because of our rural population,” Enzi said.

The Patient Navigator bill also strives to promote health screenings, schedule transportation to appointments and make sure that doctors instructions are followed and understood.

“Some basic healthcare services are out of reach for uninsured and underinsured people, especially those in rural communities. Personal Navigation will improve access to these services and, in turn, prevent chronic disease later in life.”

The bipartisan bill is supported by a broad range of organizations including the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the National Rural Health Association and the American Cancer Society.