Rep. Gene Green Announces Support of Seniors in Health Reform
March 17, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Gene Green announced his support of including a plan to benefit our nation’s seniors in reforming the nation’s broken health insurance system. The legislation will close the “donut hole” to lower seniors’ prescription drug costs, and improve the coordination and quality of care. Home and community-based services will be expanded to keep people in their homes instead of nursing homes and stop the worst insurance abuses, such as denying coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions.
“A top priority of mine is to give greater security and stability for the seniors of our area and across the nation,” Rep. Green stated. “Passing reform will benefit seniors by reducing costs, improving the quality of care, and ensure Medicare will be around for years to come.”
The legislation will fully protect Medicare benefits and cut the waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the program but never the benefits. It targets overpayments to insurance companies to redirect those funds to improve benefits for everyone.
“Medicare was created in 1965 and has since been essential for seniors across the country,” Rep. Green continued. “I am working to protect those benefits and improve the program for all seniors.”
When the bill is signed into law, seniors will immediate see relief from high prescription prices. Medicare beneficiaries who hit the donut hole will receive a $250 rebate to make prescription drugs more affordable. It also requires communication between Medicare and insurance companies to provide preventative services, such as certain immunizations and screenings, free of charge.
“Preventative care lowers costs by finding possible health issues before they become expensive and life-threatening problems. This is how we ensure our families live long and healthy lives,” Rep. Green said. “I want to make health care more affordable and hold insurance companies accountable to give decision-making power back to American families and small businesses.”