Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act (HR 676)
History of Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare at 50: Lessons and Challenges
Medicare was enacted in a very different environment than we live in today—from the perspectives of politics, budget pressures, and medical care. Read More
The Medicare and Medicaid Partnership at 50
Even routine care for physician visits or prescription drugs can require Medicare beneficiaries to make hard choices between needed health services and basic necessities. Read More
Medicare Coverage, Affordability, and Access
Premiums for private supplemental coverage can add hundreds or thousands of dollars to annual out-of-pocket costs. Read More
The Emerging Role of Private Plans in Medicare
Some organizations would market their plans primarily in places where healthy enrollees are more likely to be present, such as exercise clubs or on the upper floors of buildings without elevators. Read More
Women and Medicare: An Unfinished Agenda
Women represent about two-thirds of all residents of nursing homes and residential care communities. Read More
Medicare as Reflected in Public Opinion
Such reliably positive public opinion likely is due to Medicare’s nearly universal impact. Read More
Medicaid at 50 – Introduction
The Medicaid program, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965, will reach its 50th anniversary this year, a historic milestone. Read More
Medicaid at 50 – Low-Income Pregnant Women, Children and Families, and Childless Adults
Medicaid’s most well-recognized role in our health care system is as a health coverage program for low-income pregnant women, children, and families. Read More
Medicaid at 50 - People with Disabilities
While the public is familiar with Medicaid as a health coverage program for low-income children and families, less well recognized is its coverage role for Americans with disabilities. Read More
Medicaid at 50 - The Elderly
The Medicaid program covers over 6 million low-income elderly Americans, nearly all of whom also have Medicare. Read More
Medicaid at 50 - Service Delivery and Payment Systems and Health Care Innovation
Medicaid enrollees obtain care in an array of settings and systems. Most get their acute medical care from private office-based physicians, but 1 in 7 Medicaid beneficiaries obtain care in community health centers and clinics. Read More
Medicaid at 50 - Medicaid’s Role in Health Care Financing
As the health coverage program for more than 1 in 5 nonelderly Americans and the main payer for long-term care, Medicaid is a core source of financing in our health care system. Read More
Medicare at 50 - Looking Forward
Over its 50-year history, the Medicaid program has evolved to fill extensive gaps in our health care system, demonstrating remarkable versatility and effectiveness. Read More
Medicaid at 50 – Conclusion
It is unlikely that the authors of the original Medicaid law ever imagined that the Medicaid program would come to occupy the integral place in our health care system that it does today. Read More
Medicaid at 50 – Endnotes
Low-Income Pregnant Women, Children and Families, and Childless Adults - People with Disabilities - The Elderly - Service Delivery and Payment Systems and Health Care Innovation - Medicaid’s Role in Health Care Financing - Looking Forward Read More
H.R.676 - Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
SEC. 101. Eligibility and registration.
(a) In general.—All individuals residing in the United States (including any territory of the United States) are covered under the Medicare For All Program entitling them to a universal, best quality standard of care. Each such individual shall receive a card with a unique number in the mail….
SEC. 102. Benefits and portability.
(a) In general.—The health care benefits under this Act cover all medically necessary services….
SEC. 103. Qualification of participating providers.
(a) Requirement To be public or non-Profit.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—No institution may be a participating provider unless it is a public or not-for-profit institution…
SEC. 104. Prohibition against duplicating coverage.
(a) In general.—It is unlawful for a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act. Read More