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Public Policy: Medicare
8/24/2017

Medicare is the principal source of health insurance coverage for over 58 million Americans, including 9 million disabled workers who have been receiving Social Security benefits for two years or longer. Since the program's inception in 1965, America’s seniors have been able to count on receiving Medicare when they reach age 65. But now, some in Washington who are looking for ways to reduce federal spending want to make seniors wait for up to two additional years - to age 67 - in order to qualify for Medicare.

8/2/2017

The House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 would make cuts to the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), actions which would be harmful to millions of Americans.

7/19/2017

The 2017 Medicare Trustees Report shows that Medicare solvency remains greatly improved since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund paying full benefits until 2029. 

6/2/2017

On May 23, 2017, President Trump submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget recommendations to Congress.  This budget would drastically cut programs that benefit America’s oldest — including many vulnerable — citizens.  The President’s spending plan calls for deep reductions to Social Security Disability Insurance, breaking his promise not to touch Social Security. 

5/26/2017

On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an updated estimate on the budget impact of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4. 

5/12/2017

Nearly 51 years ago Medicare - one of our nation's most popular and successful programs - was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.  Since then, Medicare has helped lift generations of Americans out of poverty.  Before the enactment of Medicare in 1965, only 50 percent of seniors had health insurance and 35 percent lived in poverty. 
5/12/2017

Congressional deliberations about how to reduce federal Medicare spending, or how to pay for other priorities, include proposals for further means testing Medicare - that is, requiring higher-income beneficiaries to pay more of Medicare's costs.
3/14/2017

On March 13, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate on the budget impact of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which recently passed the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees. According to CBO’s projections, over the next decade, 24 million people will lose health insurance under the proposed legislation compared to current law.

3/10/2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, has improved benefits and the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries while reducing out-of-pocket costs and extending the solvency of the Part A trust fund by 11 years, to 2028. 
3/8/2017

The Affordable Care Act is a highly complex piece of legislation that includes benefit increases for seniors, makes improvements that help to contain health care costs, and extends the solvency of the Medicare Part A trust fund.  To follow is a summary of how the House ACA repeal legislation would undermine the enhanced health security provided to seniors and people with disabilities by the health care reform law.

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