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house Bill H.R. 3831

Should the Public Have More Time to Comment on New Medicare Advantage Pay Rates?

Argument in favor

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

operaman's Opinion
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12/10/2015
Yes, because we the policy holder pays the bill
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Alis's Opinion
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12/13/2015
Why not? So many people depend on them. It would be a darlin' thing if you actually thought seniors were human beings for whom you had a modicum of responsibility instead of seeing us as TAKERS! (FYI: I worked all my life & made a contribution to my family, my community, the US & the world. You may choose to nickel & dime me to death but you will never turn me into someone who thinks less of who I am because you don't value my life )
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06/01/2016
I think the elderly are under funded as is
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Argument opposed

Extending public comment period is an empty gesture that probably won’t have a real effect on the final Medicare Advantage payment rates. There needs to be more public commentary to inform the plans before they are presented in the first place.

Lesia's Opinion
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12/11/2015
A pathetic gesture to pretend that people matter
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resistor's Opinion
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12/11/2015
As if it would matter what we have to say about it.
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Judith's Opinion
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02/14/2016
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. I NEVER SIGNED UP FOR PART B OF SS BECAUSE I WAS COVERED UNDER 2 HOSPITALIZATION POLICIES, NOW SINCE MY DIVORCE IN 2003 SINCE THE AFFORDAVLE CARE ACT WENT INTO EFFECT MY GROUP INSURANCE WILL NOT PAY MY MEDICAL BILLS FOR 2015 BECAUSE I DO NOT HAVE PART B MEDICARE. I WENT TO SIGN UP FOR PART B MEDICARE AND THEY WANT TO PENALIZE ME FOR NOT USING THE GOVERNMENTS MONEY FOR 13 YEARS TO THE TUNE OF 263 A MONTH WHEN I ONLY HAVE 1200 A MONTH TO LIVE ON. THIS WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS DONE TO ME.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3831?

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

Medicare Advantage plans are health plans offered by private companies that contract 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.

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 have to announce the annual Medicare Advantage rates by region, the factors used to determine those rates, and region-specific benchmarks. 

Before announcing those rates, the public comment period would be expanded to 60 days. 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. 3831

$0.00
A CBO Cost estimate is unavailable — however, the CBO did analyze a related bill that accomplishes the same goals and comes from the same sponsor, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). It found that implementing H.R. 2507 would have no impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: 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.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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 Lisa Yarost)

AKA

Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the annual comment period for payment rates under Medicare Advantage.

bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 18th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 16th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed December 10th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
    IntroducedOctober 26th, 2015

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    A pathetic gesture to pretend that people matter
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    Why not? So many people depend on them. It would be a darlin' thing if you actually thought seniors were human beings for whom you had a modicum of responsibility instead of seeing us as TAKERS! (FYI: I worked all my life & made a contribution to my family, my community, the US & the world. You may choose to nickel & dime me to death but you will never turn me into someone who thinks less of who I am because you don't value my life )
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    Yes, because we the policy holder pays the bill
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    I think the elderly are under funded as is
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    As if it would matter what we have to say about it.
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    Election year political grandstanding.
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    LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. I NEVER SIGNED UP FOR PART B OF SS BECAUSE I WAS COVERED UNDER 2 HOSPITALIZATION POLICIES, NOW SINCE MY DIVORCE IN 2003 SINCE THE AFFORDAVLE CARE ACT WENT INTO EFFECT MY GROUP INSURANCE WILL NOT PAY MY MEDICAL BILLS FOR 2015 BECAUSE I DO NOT HAVE PART B MEDICARE. I WENT TO SIGN UP FOR PART B MEDICARE AND THEY WANT TO PENALIZE ME FOR NOT USING THE GOVERNMENTS MONEY FOR 13 YEARS TO THE TUNE OF 263 A MONTH WHEN I ONLY HAVE 1200 A MONTH TO LIVE ON. THIS WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS DONE TO ME.
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    The government needs to get out of healthcare altogether. Obamacare proved they can't handle it.
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    Yes since it impacts everyone there should've more time
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    I get so tired of the Federal Government stealing our Social Security,we never get a raise because you say That the cost of living has Not went up, but the cost of Medicare program cost Seniors more,medication costs go up ,the cost of gasoline ,food ,clothing are outrageous and the Federal Government doesn't care about the Americans!! You all should be ashamed to even look in a mirror!
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    The CDC & FDA gave a one day notice for patient input. They do not WANT input because they would be "found out". They lost my trust. Here is why : http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/6/6/pain-patients-sound-off-on-barbaric-treatment
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    More time is needed!
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    This is a no brainier
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    Rates are rates and are calculated based on costs by a whole bunch of actuaries and bean counters. You get what you pay for. The $800 million Obamacare took from Medicare has greatly impacted the availability and quality of care Medicare recipients receive. It is only going to get worse. Extending review periods isn't going to change a thing.
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    Yes many seniors have a difficult time deciphering the plans and more time and information is necessary.
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    It is a nice gesture but does it matter?
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    As a senior you should know how to contact your representatives by now. I know I do and I am a senior.
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    Every decision made by any level of government requires citizen input.
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    The average person cannot afford Medicare, so why bother further debates, this government can afford to foot the bill. But this is why Trump is raving about what. If this is where the majority voters are this countryis about to decline to nothing. I have never seen a grown man behave so badly. Of course there are those who are mentally ill.
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    Why should Medicare recipients have from Oct to Dec to decide what Medicare Plan to enroll in? It doesn't make sense. Insurance companies only have three months to sell their product. This is just another ridiculous requirement established by idiots who have no idea what a Medicare recipient is. That's like making Congress work only 3 months to get elected. Oops, they aready do, huh?
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