Summary

                            To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act

This bill establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals
residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that
includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention,
dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term
care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care.

Only public or nonprofit institutions may participate. Nonprofit health
maintenance organizations (HMOs) that deliver care in their own facilities may
participate. 

Patients may choose from participating physicians and institutions. 

Health insurers may not sell health insurance that duplicates the benefits
provided under this bill. Insurers may sell benefits that are not medically
necessary, such as cosmetic surgery benefits. 

The bill sets forth methods to pay institutional providers and health
professionals for services. Financial incentives between HMOs and physicians
based on utilization are prohibited. 

The program is funded: (1) from existing sources of government revenues for
health care, (2) by increasing personal income taxes on the top 5% of income
earners, (3) by instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and
self-employment income, (4) by instituting a tax on unearned income, and (5) by
instituting a tax on stock and bond transactions. Amounts that would have been
appropriated for federal public health care programs, including Medicare,
Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), are transferred
and appropriated to carry out this bill.

The program must give employment transition benefits and first priority in
retraining and job placement to individuals whose jobs are eliminated due to
reduced clerical and administrative work under this bill. 

The Department of Health and Human Services must create a confidential
electronic patient record system.

The bill establishes a National Board of Universal Quality and Access to provide
advice on quality, access, and affordability. 

The Indian Health Service must be integrated into the program after five years.
Congress must evaluate the continued independence of Department of Veterans
Affairs health programs.



                        

Actions

  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.

    Feb 10th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

    Feb 7th, 2017
  • Referred to House Natural Resources

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Referred to House Ways and Means

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Referred to House Energy and Commerce

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 24th, 2017