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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Two Bipartisan Larson Solutions Pass the Ways and Means Committee

June 21, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, two bipartisan bills lead by Rep. John B. Larson that focused on common-sense solutions were favorably reported out the Ways and Means Committee. The two bills were the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act (H.R. 6084) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Transparency Act (H.R. 6138).

“Medicare and Social Security are our country’s greatest insurance programs that millions of Americans, especially seniors, rely on nationwide. These are two bipartisan solutions that will help strengthen both programs.

“Dealing with the aftermath of fraudulent use of your Social Security number or identify theft is often overwhelming and confusing. The Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act will ensure that victims of identity theft will have a single-point of contact at the Social Security Administration. A single point of contact will provide those dealing with fraud a dedicated casework team to guide them through the complicated steps that are taken to resolving theft-related issues related to their Social Security Number. Their casework team would be held accountable to seeing the victim’s case is managed through to a resolution.

“Additionally, some Medicare patients are choosing to receive care at Ambulatory Surgery Centers for same-day surgical care, including vital diagnostic and preventive health care procedures.   The ASC Payment Transparency Act will help to ensure greater transparency regarding Medicare’s reimbursement policies and the kinds of procedures that Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive at these facilities and I thank the Committee for taking up and passing this bill today.

“I thank my colleagues for their support on these two bills and would urge the full House of Representatives to take up these solutions,” said Larson.

The AARP endorsed the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act (H.R. 6084), their letter of support can be viewed here.