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Larson Highlights Medicare Buy-In Bill

June 21, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) issued the following statement after speaking in support of Congressman Brian Higgins’ (D-NY) amendment, that would commission a Health and Human Services Department (HHS) study on a Medicare Buy-In option for Americans aged 50-64.

“Health care premiums are on the rise right now because of the Republican tax law and the Administration’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act. Instead of attacking protections for those with pre-existing conditions and peddling junk insurance plans, let’s focus on a commonsense solution like allowing Americans ages 50-64 years old to buy into Medicare. Data from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a 60 year old American could save nearly 40 percent in premiums with a buy-in option. Instead of battling one another, Congress must lead the way and focus on making care more affordable for a new pool of Americans wishing to buy into the Medicare program,” said Larson.

Rep. John B. Larson, (CT-01), along with Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02), and Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26), previously introduced the “Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act” (HR 3748). This legislation would allow Americans (ages 50-64) to buy into Medicare, providing them with a new option for affordable, quality care.  While the Higgins amendment failed on a party-line vote, this is the first time the Ways & Means Committee has discussed how a Medicare Buy-In could be the path to improving the country’s health care system.