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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thompson Issues Statement on Passage of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

Bipartisan Bill Will Provide Better Healthcare for Seniors and Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) issued this statement following passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act:

“Today, the House passed a historic, bipartisan bill that will put an end to the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

For more than a decade, Congress has continually used a band-aid to address the Sustainable Growth Rate, rather than offering permanent reforms.

Having served in a non-profit healthcare setting for nearly three decades, I experienced first-hand the uncertainty and anxiety that patients and their providers experience annually, wondering if draconian cuts to reimbursements would occur.

This bipartisan, permanent, solution will replace the Sustainable Growth Rate with a more stable system that will ensure our seniors and children do not lose access to their healthcare providers.

This legislation is by no means perfect, but is a move in the right direction for children, seniors and our medical providers.”

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 392 to 37.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great job for our wonderful citizens who sit at home all day..

Anonymous said...

Yes it does Poster 1:45PM, for those that truly need it. However, this just gives the welfare slugs another reason to sit on their big fat lazy ...

Anonymous said...

I'm confused by the earlier comments suggesting that this benefits lazy people. If there are people who are "lazy" and are getting assistance (which it appears these commenters are suggesting) then they would most likely have Medicaid which differs from Medicare. You do not get Medicare if you are poor, that is Medicaid. Medicare is for people 65 and older and for people who are disabled and who have been shown not to be able to work. And CHIP is only for children. So, we have issues with seniors, disabled people, and children having assess to insurance? That seems strange to me that people would have issues with that.

Anonymous said...

So, we have issues with seniors, disabled people, and children having assess to insurance?


Yes, if the working men and women that pay taxes to fund these programs and have very little take home pay to be able to provide for their own families.

Anonymous said...

There's alot of room for improvement in our government run programs..but...people who have worked for 50 years of their lives should be entitled to Medicare at a low-cost and a decent Social Security check. Unfortinately many seniors have no other source of income. What bothers me is the number of people (Mostly young) that are being determined to be "Disabled". I know of several such "disabled" persons in a rather small area. Let's say about 4 square miles. One of those persons was decidedly determined to be disabled due to back issues. He miraculously managed to ride his brand new Harley to Alaska and back on a 6 week tour with his buddies...? What's wrong here? Our Social Security system, which should be there for those who worked and contributed, is being depleted by bogus means. By the way, the Alaska touring guy came into a nice windfall of money, which paid for that new Harley after getting his "back-pay" from Social Security after winning his case!!! Our resources are being depleted-something has to give.