According to our collegues at Families USA, we have some good progress on improving Medicare in the U.S. Congress:
On Tuesday, the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, H.R. 6331, by a vote of 355-59. They report that the U.S. Senate expects to vote on the House-passed bill as early as Thursday, June 26. An earlier version of this bill was blocked by a Republican filibuster after the President threatened to veto the bill.
The bill also makes needed changes to private Medicare Advantage plans and re-directs funding to Medicare’s doctors and health care providers. This bill makes several important improvements that will help seniors and people with disabilities get the health care they need, including:
* Broader protections for low-income beneficiaries
* Expanded coverage for preventive services
* Reduced cost-sharing for mental health services
* Stronger consumer protections
Families USA is asking health care advocates to call their U.S. Senators, and tell them to support the House-passed version of the Medicare bill — the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (H.R. 6331). You can call 1-800-828-0498 and ask to be connected to your Senator Boxer or Feinstein.