WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives passed two bipartisan bills by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) to improve Medicare so seniors have better access to the healthcare they need.
“Every American has a right to quality, affordable healthcare and for millions of seniors their care comes through Medicare,” said Dingell. “We have to always keep looking forward and finding new ways to improve Medicare, make it more efficient, and close gaps in care. These two bipartisan bills now passed by the House will make it easier for seniors to access care in their community and reduce waste and fraud in the program. These efforts will strengthen Medicare so generations of seniors are able to access its benefits.”
The House has passed the Comprehensive Care for Seniors Act which Dingell introduced with Indiana Republican Jackie Walorski. This bill directs the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to finalize regulations related to a law passed in 2015 to make improvements to the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The Comprehensive Care for Seniors Act will give certain seniors the ability to remain in their community instead of going to a nursing facility.
Additionally, the House passed the Fighting Fraud to Protect Care for Seniors Act which Dingell introduced with Illinois Republican Peter Roskam. This bill establishes a pilot program to test the use of smart card technology to crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program.
Dingell is a steadfast supporter of Medicare in Congress. She has repeatedly fought against efforts to cut funding or benefits for Medicare recipients.
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