1 Medicare for All Act of 2019 Summary Today’s healthcare system fails to provide quality, therapeutic healthcare as a right to all people living in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans are uninsured, and at least 40 million more cannot afford the costs of their co - pays and deductible s. The quality of our healthcare is much worse than other industrialized countries — the life expectancy in the U.S. is lower than other nations, while our infant mortality rate is much higher. Yet the U.S. spends more money per capita on healthcare than any other industrialized nation. We waste hundreds of billions of dollars every year on unnecessary administrative costs, while healthcare industry executives measure success in profits, instead of patient care. The current healthcare system in the United S tes is ineffective, inefficient and outrageously ta expensive. It is time to remove the profit motive in healthcare and , to resolve the inefficiencies to guarantee quality, therapeutic healthcare to every person living in the United States. The Medicare f or All Act of 2019 improves and expands the overwhelmingly successful and popular Medicare program, so that every person living in the United States has guaranteed access to healthcare with comprehensive benefits. Comprehensive Benefits and Freedom of Ch oice The legislation provides comprehensive health care coverage including all primary care, hospital and outpatient services, dental, vision, audiology, women’s reproductive health services, maternity and newborn care, long term services and supports, p rescription - drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment, laboratory and diagnostic services, ambulatory services, and more. Patients will have complete freedom to choose the doctors, hospitals, and other g about whether a provider is “in - network”. providers they wish to see, without worryin No Private Insurance Premiums, Co - Pays, or Deductibles Enrollment in Medicare for All would not require any private insurance premiums or deductibles. Upon receiving care, patients would not be charged any co pays or other - out - of - pocket costs. Long - Term Services and Supports for People with Disabilities and Older Americans Long - term services and supports will be fully covered by the Medicare for All program.
2 me that recipients of all ages and The legislation requires that the program presu - term services and supports through home and community disabilities will receive long based services unless the individual chooses otherwise. Reducing Health Care Spending and Improving Care - payer model. Medicare for All would simplify the healthcare system by moving to a single This will reduce the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted on the administration of the - payer system, allowing providers to focus on patient care instead. current inefficient multi The legislation would prevent healthcare corporations from overcharging for the costs of their services and profiting off illness and injury. The legislation prevents providers from using payments from the program for profit, union busting, marketing, or federal - campaign contributions. The Medicare for All program would provide global budgets to all institutional providers to help contain the exorbitant costs present in the system today, and will allow the public to know where our healthcar e dollars are being spent. Reducing the Costs of Prescription Drugs The United States currently pays the highest prescription drug costs in the world. This legislation would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, as other countries do, to substantial ly lower the costs of prescriptions drugs. The legislation authorizes Medicare to issue compulsory licenses to allow generic production if a pharmaceutical company refuses to negotiate a reasonable price. Transition The transition to Medicare for All would occur in two years. One year after the date of enactment, persons over the age of 55 and under the age of 19 would be eligible for the program. Two years after the date of enactment, all people living in the U.S. would be eligible for the program. Healthcare for Veterans and Native Americans This legislation preserves the ability of veterans to receive their medical benefits and services through the Veterans Administration, and of Native Americans to receive their medical benefits and services through the Indian Health Service. If you hav e any questions, please email Danielle Fulfs in Rep. Jayapal’s office ([email protected]) or Joe McNally in Rep. Dingell’s office ([email protected]).
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