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-The Medicare-X Choice Act Would Increase Choice & Lower Premiums for Central Virginians Under the Age of 65. Legislation is Companion Bill to Public Healthcare Option Proposed by
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The Spanberger-supported legislation would build on the existing Medicare framework by combining Medicare physician networks and reimbursement rates with coverage standards under the existing healthcare law. In doing so, this bill would facilitate a new, public health insurance option available to Central Virginians and all Americans.
The Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019 is companion legislation to a bill introduced in the
"For too many Americans, limited health insurance competition has made high-quality healthcare coverage unaffordable--particularly in rural areas. To address this massive challenge, one of my top priorities has been to pursue a public healthcare insurance option--and I'm proud to support legislation to begin this process," said Spanberger. "This commonsense bill would expand access to affordable coverage for all Americans under the age of 65 by harnessing the success of the Medicare program. A widely-available and affordable public option would help bring down high premiums and deductibles, foster competition, and allow those with adequate employer-provided insurance to stay on their plans. As I travel across our district, it's clear that our neighbors want
Under this legislation, the Medicare-X plan would first roll out in rural areas and communities with little health insurance competition on the individual market.
The Medicare-X Choice Act would strengthen the existing healthcare system by providing more options for those under the age of 65. Specifically, individual and family coverage plans would offer Medicare-X, and the Medicare provider network would be expanded to include additional providers like pediatricians and children's hospitals. Additionally, the bill would make sure Essential Health Benefits--such as maternity, newborn care, and pediatric services--are covered under Medicare-X, and the bill would allow for prescription drug negotiation through Medicare Part D.
The Medicare-X Choice Act is led in the
Since arriving in
Spanberger has also pushed back against the ongoing healthcare sabotage that has caused premiums and uninsured rates to increase across the country. Earlier this month, she spoke on the floor of the
And Spanberger has fought to address the prescription drug affordability crisis in