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house Bill H.R. 2507

Does the Public Need More Time to Weigh in on New Medicare Advantage Pay Rates?

Argument in favor

Medicare Advantage accounts for roughly 1/3 of total spending under Medicare, and payment rates impact many seniors who rely on these programs for their health care needs. The more public input, the better.

Marvin's Opinion
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06/17/2015
Seniors should be able to change plans at any time, not just once a year. The plans are varied and difficult to understand. If seniors find that the plan they've chosen isn't the best plan for them, they should be able to change their minds.
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Paul's Opinion
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06/18/2015
The Congress' rush to pass legislation is allowed for little or no public input.
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Bfallen07's Opinion
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07/13/2015
My MOTHER for one Lives Off jet month-old check OF 1,123 Dollars. A Portion OF her CHECK Goes To Medicare and pays BCBS another $200 that Shot 30 % To her Healthcare! Too Much for SB 88 years old !
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Argument opposed

Extending public comment period is an empty gesture that probably won’t have a real substantial effect on the final Medicare Advantage payment rates.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/28/2015
My question is where Medicare ends and MedAdvantage begins. The latter is funded by policy holders. Where does the government have the final say in what we elect to purchase anyway?
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Thomas's Opinion
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08/07/2015
It's a waste of time to try to get our lazy congressmen into action. If it doesn't pay they don't play. Sad really.
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John's Opinion
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07/03/2015
No need for delay. There is a defined public comment period. If you have not commented yet, you likely won't....
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What is House Bill H.R. 2507?

This bill would expand the comment period on the annual evaluation of payment rates under Medicare Advantage

Expanding the comment period would begin before the 2017 payment rates for Medicare Advantage are evaluated and determined. Before April 1 of the preceding year (so for 2017 — that’s April, 2016), the Secretary of Health and Human Services would be required to announce the annual Medicare Advantage rates by region, the factors used in determining those rates, and region-specific benchmarks. 

Before announcing those rates, the preceding comment period would be expanded to 60 days before the announcement. Under current law the public only has 45 days.

Impact

Medicare Advantage subscribers, health care providers, and other stakeholders that would provide input; the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2507

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Medicare Advantage plans are a type of Medicare health plan that are offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide Part A and Part B benefits. These plans usually offer prescription drug coverage, and most Medicare services are covered through these plans and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2014 there were about 15.7 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, and the program accounts for 30 percent of total Medicare spending.

This bill was passed by the House Ways and Means Committee via voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user
 Adalie Plain)

AKA

Increasing Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish an annual rulemaking schedule for payment rates under Medicare Advantage.

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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    My question is where Medicare ends and MedAdvantage begins. The latter is funded by policy holders. Where does the government have the final say in what we elect to purchase anyway?
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    Seniors should be able to change plans at any time, not just once a year. The plans are varied and difficult to understand. If seniors find that the plan they've chosen isn't the best plan for them, they should be able to change their minds.
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    The Congress' rush to pass legislation is allowed for little or no public input.
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    My MOTHER for one Lives Off jet month-old check OF 1,123 Dollars. A Portion OF her CHECK Goes To Medicare and pays BCBS another $200 that Shot 30 % To her Healthcare! Too Much for SB 88 years old !
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    It's a waste of time to try to get our lazy congressmen into action. If it doesn't pay they don't play. Sad really.
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    Any measure that allows increased input from the public is a good idea! Americans are not idiots. They know what is good & what is not and they should have ample time for input.
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    my SS income before they take out for medicare is $754.00 a month
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    The more input from the public the government gets, the better.
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    Too many secret back room deals. Put all the cards on the table.
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    At the very least let us know what is being considered. This is the first time I have read or heard anything about this.
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    More people should Yea this to demonstrate to the lawmakers that we support more information given to the public regarding Medicare.
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    This is certainly a must
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    For sure. This is a promise that was given to the American people. Once again now that the the baby boomers are starting to get the benefits they were promised they want to do away with it. No F way. Stopspending so much in endless war stop giving so much money to other governments check the ones collecting disability checks forever that should not be on it any more. Check how many people who use the same name. One person using multiple names=multiple checks. Just my opinion
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    Not only seniors are impacted. The taxpayers who pay the Medicare bills are impacted and need a say on how the money is spent
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    A lot more time.
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    Seems like a reasonable request.
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    What is this???? more time because I have never heard of it before.
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    We need to know the cost This is a program that rewards the insurance companies and the agents, pays doctors less, it takes away from a program that was working and giving better coverage. We don't need two different programs for Medicare. It takes from one which makes both of them fall short of the care really needed. I say get rid of Medicare Advantage and stay with the original Medicare and improve that program so everyone gets the same advantage. When you finally get Medicare, everyone on that program should have the same benefits
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    No need for delay. There is a defined public comment period. If you have not commented yet, you likely won't....
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    Why does the cost go up to seniors who have no jobs to pay for medicare?
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