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house Bill H.R. 2505

Does Congress Need Annual Reports on Where Medicare Recipients Live?

Argument in favor

This bill would require the Dept. of Health and Human Services to report the specifics of who's using Medicare to Congress. This will make the program more transparent, keep policymakers informed, and lead to more thoughtful healthcare laws.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/03/2015
Congress may not need the data but if it is not being tracked it increases the likelihood of loss of control and billing/payment fraud. However the push for Obamacare digitized health records is a Big Brother consolidation move that many find ominous.
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Gwen's Opinion
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01/25/2017
Especially if congress is going to link federal funding to state block grants we have to know where the populations of Medicare patients live to ensure proper funding to those areas otherwise patients will be under funded and go with out care.
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Dale's Opinion
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03/24/2016
If this is used to reduce fraud and abuse, this is ok
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Argument opposed

Why does Congress need such specific information? How will the zip codes and congressional districts of Medicare recipients help lawmakers make better informed policy decisions? Without proof that they'll actually read it, these reports are a waste of time.

David's Opinion
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07/12/2015
Conceptually, a good idea; but no statement of why Congress wants the data (specifically) and what policy changes might come from the review. Also no apparent increase in funding to pay for the data collection and report generation.
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jrs333's Opinion
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07/04/2015
This is all about targeting voters. There is no other logical reason for that kind of information. This is why we need term limits.
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Blair's Opinion
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06/03/2016
It should not matter where one lives with in boundaries of the United States. If one is legally entitled to receive Medicare. In time, reasons will be sought out to give the Government the abilities to alter the amount one receives based on the demographics of where one lives. Will the next decisions be based on age, or the severity of the health. (Burden in the system.) please do not unlock this door.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2505?

This bill seeks to increase Medicare transparency by requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report a bunch of information about the program back to Congress.

Specifically, the Secretary would have to issue a report on use of Medicare every May. This report would detail enrollment in the Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D programs by a person's zip code, congressional district, and state. 

If the Secretary can't complete the report by May, they can get an extension until June, providing they also send in a letter detailing how and why they messed up.

Impact

People that have Medicare Insurance plans, local Medicare providers, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2505

$0.00
The CBO estimates implementing this bill wouldn't have an impact on the federal budget — mostly because all of this information is already collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under current law.

More Information

Of Note: Bill sponsor, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) has been very vocal about his concerns that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is weird and confusing — and even voted to repeal the ACA when it came up for a vote in the House in February 2015

It might be easy for critics of this legislation to see it as one of those bills that Congress occasionally floats designed to make government employee’s lives miserable. But, it's important to note that this bill has bipartisan support, and Rep. Kelly has been recognized in the past for his work for Medicare recipients in his home district.


In Depth: Getting your care and caid (er, -are and -aid?) mixed up? Not to worry. Medicare is the government-subsidized plan for seniors (65 and up) and people with disabilities. Medicaid serves low-income people and families of all ages. Medicare Advantage Plans, which the bill name checks, are a conglomerate of traditional Medicare plans provided by a private insurer. According to PBS, about 30 percent of Medicare recipients have Advantage Plans.


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Summary by James Helmsworth
(Photo Credit: Screenshot from Flickr user Cindy Woods "watercolor sketches") 

AKA

Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the annual reporting of data on enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 17th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
    IntroducedMay 21st, 2015

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    Conceptually, a good idea; but no statement of why Congress wants the data (specifically) and what policy changes might come from the review. Also no apparent increase in funding to pay for the data collection and report generation.
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    It should not matter where one lives with in boundaries of the United States. If one is legally entitled to receive Medicare. In time, reasons will be sought out to give the Government the abilities to alter the amount one receives based on the demographics of where one lives. Will the next decisions be based on age, or the severity of the health. (Burden in the system.) please do not unlock this door.
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    Where they live means nothing
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    I agree that this may be a way for Politicians to track voters. There is no real reason given why they need this bill or why it's even been written. This stinks of the John Birchers ( formerly Tea Party). Don't we have other things to be working on Congress?
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    This is all about targeting voters. There is no other logical reason for that kind of information. This is why we need term limits.
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    This information is already collected, under current legislation, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Why does Congress insist on wasting government resources? Let your representatives know that we will not tolerate Congressional waste any longer & let's focus on more important issues..!
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    Sounds to me like they just want to know how many Medicare recipients there are in their districts. Time to make laws to benefit the nation, not the inhabitants of Congressman X's district.
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    Don't you have better uses for your time than interfering with old people getting healthcare?
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    It's none of your business.
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    Congress may not need the data but if it is not being tracked it increases the likelihood of loss of control and billing/payment fraud. However the push for Obamacare digitized health records is a Big Brother consolidation move that many find ominous.
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    The information is already being generated, this would just spoon feed it to congressmen. Seems like a waste of time.
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    Especially if congress is going to link federal funding to state block grants we have to know where the populations of Medicare patients live to ensure proper funding to those areas otherwise patients will be under funded and go with out care.
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    Waste of effort that could go into actually improving services for people with disabilities.
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    Hell No no no, I just read about how congress is trying to put a bill through to make sure the government Internet or my info that government has on line and computers is safe and will not be hacked or released....then some house or senate member would be a report like this and what? That's my confidential information possibly left at the local bar or restaurant at lunch or left anywhere for other eyes to see....it's still confidential and a report lying around somewhere is just like being HACKED old school. The only reason they would want this us they think this is a list of poor people or lazy people or disabled or elderly and they can screw up our voting rights and screw with our local politics. Damn this stupid Crap. I may be disabled but I'm not an idiot. I sure wish God would fix stupid cause it's really more scary with this congress and GOP group. I'm more afraid of these people than I am Isis! Smdh
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    The idea is absolutely insane. The same people who want to make cuts to needy children, education and every
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    That will only help Tea Party politicians discriminate against people they don't (minorities, the poor, etc).
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    Better informed decisions never hurt.
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    If this is used to reduce fraud and abuse, this is ok
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    Totally ridiculous. Why do we pay our Congressmen and Congresswomen to dream up stuff like this? The economy and jobs would be a much better focus as Obama ignores the pain of the unemployed and underemployed.
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    why would they care just see where the money goes if they are curious they will be nearby and probably in a wheelchair some things do not need legislation this is one of them and its probably on the internet or face book a 200 computer and access to the internet and you are in business
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