Buchanan Bill to Protect Seniors Unanimously Passes House
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives last night unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan to preserve Medicare Advantage for thousands of seniors in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The bill, which passed by voice vote without a single objection, now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
The “Securing Senior’s Health Care Act of 2015” (H.R. 2582) would prevent the termination of certain Medicare Advantage plans. The administration has threatened to unilaterally terminate Medicare Advantage plans which are unable to meet the complex demands of the current CMS Five-Star rating system. These plans largely serve low-income individuals who are in poor health.
“Protecting seniors in Sarasota and Manatee Counties has and will always remain my top priority,” said Buchanan, noting that Medicare Advantage health plans serve more than 54,000 seniors in his Southwest Florida congressional district. “Passage of this bipartisan measure will help ensure that seniors are able to keep the health care and benefits they choose because the plans fit their needs.”
Buchanan is the only Floridian to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Subcommittee on Health.
New York Democrat Charles Rangel, who has served in Congress since 1970, hailed passage of Buchanan’s legislation in a speech on the House floor, saying, “this has been one of the most exciting recent legislative experiences I’ve had where we are dealing with Americans who are not Republicans or Democrats but they are sick, old and fragile and the government is not serving them.”