Budd Introduces Bill to Study Expansion of Medicare Advantage
Any health care reform should increase access and lead to lower costs for individuals, and this bill would seek to find out if expanding Medicare Advantage should be part of that reform.
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced H.R.5254, a bill to study the expansion of Medicare Advantage. This legislation will direct the Department of Health & Human Services to study the feasibility of expanding the eligibility for enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans to individuals enrolled under a state plan or in a group health plan.
“Addressing the issue of rising health care costs is a priority of mine and that’s why I am continuing to explore innovative ways to reform our healthcare system,” said Congressman Ted Budd. “This week, I have introduced a bill to study the feasibility of expanding Medicare Advantage to more populations.
We’ve seen Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, become a more popular option for seniors. Since 2010, Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown 71 percent, and as of last year, one in three people with Medicare is enrolled in an Advantage plan. These plans are attractive because most of them offer extra coverage, like vision, hearing and dental coverage.
Any health care reform should increase access and lead to lower costs for individuals, and this bill would seek to find out if expanding Medicare Advantage should be part of that reform.”