Summary:To establish a public health plan. The Secretary shall establish a coordinated and low-cost health plan, to be known as the ‘Medicare Exchange health plan’ (referred to in this section as the ‘health plan’) to provide access to quality health care for enrollees. Cosponsors
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/26/19.
- “I’m proud to be a champion for the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019, which would create an affordable, reliable public option for Minnesotans to buy their health insurance and increase competition.” (Source: Twitter, Rep. Craig Tweet, 6/27/19)
- “Families across Minnesota are facing skyrocketing healthcare costs and some are struggling to find health insurance plans that meet their needs without breaking the bank,” said Rep. Craig. “By allowing Medicare to negotiate drug pricing and adding a public option to increase competition to our existing health insurance system, this bill would expand choice of coverage for Minnesotans and increase fiscal responsibility.” (Source: Rep. Craig, Press Release, 6/27/19)
STATUS: Introduced 4/01/19 by Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “It’s unacceptable that despite being the wealthiest country in the world, the United States is the only developed country without universal healthcare,” Delgado said. “This has been a top priority for me in Congress, and I’m proud to lead my colleagues in introducing a bill to finally get us to universal coverage. Whether it be at town halls or meetings with constituents, the folks I talk to back home want access to more coverage options at lower costs. The Medicare-X Choice Act would deliver by allowing those who are happy with their employer-provided insurance to keep it, while offering another, more affordable coverage option to those who need it. Adding a public option creates competition and will drive down premiums and deductibles.” (Source: Rep. Delgado, Press Release, 4/01/19)
- Senate version information.