January 1, 2010 • Article
SAAAVE Act Background
The Screening Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Very Efficiently (SAAAVE) Act passed the full (US) Senate as a last minute amendment to the Finance Committee’s budget reconciliation package in November 2005, but was not included in the House package because Medicare was not addressed. A conference committee met in December 2005 to compromise the differences. The committee decided to include the SAAAVE Act in its version, which was sent back to both chambers for a vote. The (US) House passed the bill on December 19, 2005 followed by the Senate on December 2, 2005.