NAHC Submits Testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Medicare Reform
Last week the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health held a hearing that focused on several different proposals on ways to reform Medicare – with the key focus being on proposals to modify beneficiary cost-sharing within the Medicare program, including the proposal contained in both the Bowles-Simpson plan as well as President Obama’s budget that would add a home health copay in certain instances.
The hearing, entitled “The President’s and Other Bipartisan Proposals to Reform Medicare” included three witnesses: (1) Joseph Antos, Ph.D., Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute; (2) Alice Rivlin, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings; and (3) Joe Baker, President, Medicare Rights Center. NAHC submitted written testimony for the record, as well as provided a set of questions for Members of Congress to ask during the hearing.
The hearing largely focused on the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget proposal to change the structure of Medicare beneficiary cost sharing – with one of the main areas of discussion being the proposal to add a home care copayment for certain episodes of care.