The coronavirus public health emergency continues to put older adults and people with disabilities at significant risk. Federal policymakers have made important strides in responding to the outbreak, but more must be done to help people with Medicare. Join Medicare Rights in urging Congress to address the unique and unmet needs of older adults, people with disabilities, families, and caregivers in the next pandemic relief bill.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its vision for a fourth relief package, the HEROES Act. That bill contains several critical improvements to programs and policies important to people with Medicare. It would strengthen Medicare enrollment and coverage, better protect nursing home residents, and bolster state Medicaid programs. These changes would help more Americans stay safe and healthy in their homes and communities.
Rather than take up the HEROES Act, leaders in the U.S. Senate are drafting their own legislation. That bill is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Congressional negotiators will then work to reconcile any differences between the House and Senate bills. Provisions that are included in both bills will have the best chance of making it into the final package.
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