Advocating for H.R. 1976 — National Improved Medicare for All
What would "Improved Medicare for All" mean for you?
What is National Improved Medicare for All/Single-Payer?
How Would National Improved Medicare for All / Single-Payer Work?
- A single-payer healthcare system would provide comprehensive healthcare for everyone from birth to death.
- If you change jobs, lose your job, start a business, or get divorced—your benefits would stay the same.
- You would be able to keep your doctors/practitioners because there would be no networks to be in or out of.
- You would not need to delay or avoid seeing a doctor because of out-of-pocket expenses.
- Healthcare would be publicly funded in the same way we pool our taxes to pay for police, fire protection, education, roads, public parks, and the military—regardless of how much we use these public services. Everyone would be in one risk pool.
- You would no longer pay premiums, co-payments, or deductibles to private health insurance companies that put profit over medical needs. (Private insurance would only be for non-medically necessary care, such as cosmetic surgery.)
- Our healthcare dollars would be spent on healthcare, decided by you and your doctor, not on health insurance with its wasteful and unnecessary administrative costs, the goal of which is denial of care.
H.R. 1976 — Improved Medicare for All Act of 2021
H.R. 1976, To establish an improved Medicare for All national health insurance program was introduced in 2021 in the U.S. House.
More than 114 cosponsors in the House (as of April 17, 2021).
- Everyone is covered from birth to death.
- All medically necessary care is covered, including preventive care, office visits, reproductive care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, surgery, vision, dental, hearing, mental health, emergency, labs, diagnostic procedures, prescriptions, and long-term care for all U.S. residents.
- There are no premiums, copays, or deductibles.
- Patients choose any practitioner and hospital. There will be no networks to be “out of.”
The Senate bill is expected shortly, and until then, information about the most recent Senate bill will remain as a placeholder.
S. 1129 — Medicare for All Act of 2019
- Everyone is automatically covered at birth. After a four-year phase-in period, the law will cover everyone from birth to death.
- All medically necessary care is covered — including preventive care, office visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, surgery, vision, dental, hearing, mental health, emergency, labs, diagnostic procedures, home and community-based long-term care services, and prescriptions, with some copays for brand name drugs. Institutional long-term care will continue under Medicaid.
- After a 4-year phase-in, there are no premiums, copays, or deductibles.
- The average family will save thousands of dollars a year.
- Patients choose any practitioner and hospital. There are no networks to be “out of.” The only practitioners or facilities not in the plan are those who opt out of the system to cater to self-pay patients. Those physicians or facilities are barred from participating in Medicare for All.
How Do We Pay for Improved Medicare for All?
Seems Like a Good Policy!
CBO Shows Medicare for All Could Cover Everyone for $650 Billion Less Per Year.
The analysis shows that administrative costs under a single-payer healthcare system "will be lower than what even the most rabid Medicare for All supporters have … claimed."
December 11, 2020 by Common Dreams
Most Families Would Pay Less
Stop fearmongering about Medicare for All. Most families would pay less for better care.
The case for Medicare for All is simple. It would cover everyone, period. Done right, it would lower costs. And it would ease paperwork and confusion.
October 19, 2019 by USA Today
We're Already Spending Enough
We’re just not getting our money’s worth.
“How are you going to pay for it?” Single-payer skeptics often ask this question in a bad-faith attempt to discredit Medicare for All. … A single-payer national health program is not only affordable, it’s the only affordable option.
by Physicians for a National Health Program