House Votes to Remove Medicare Cuts from Trade Bill
Important Victory for NAHC, Medicare Patients and Advocates Nationwide
June 12, 2015 09:13 AM
The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelming passed by a vote of 392-32 a provision removing Medicare cuts from a separate bill reauthorizing the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) was among the first organizations to voice its strong opposition to the Medicare cuts. With many lawmakers expressing opposition, earlier this week House leaders announced their intentions to find a replacement offset.
NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris praised the House action in a statement released today.
“Today’s vote was an important victory for home care and hospice, as well as for Medicare patients and advocates nationwide,” said Halamandaris. “Congress received our message and opposed raiding Medicare to fund non-health care legislation. I want to thank House Speak John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for helping to negotiate an alternative, as well as the lawmakers who bravely stood up to prevent using Medicare as a piggy bank for unrelated legislation.”
The provision removing the Medicare cuts from the TAA legislation was included in a separate trade preferences bill passed by the House on Thursday. The Senate will need to pass the trade preferences bill as well before it becomes law but it is likely to do so. The House plans to vote Friday on the TAA and Trade Promotion Authority legislation. Please stay tuned to NAHC Report for further updates.