What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : HR 4954. Prescription Drug Coverage/Final Passage of Bill to Offer Seniors' a Prescription Drug Benefit Through Unregulated Private Insurance Plans Rather than Medicare.
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HR 4954. Prescription Drug Coverage/Final Passage of Bill to Offer Seniors' a Prescription Drug Benefit Through Unregulated Private Insurance Plans Rather than Medicare.
house Roll Call 282     Jun 27, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

As the costs of prescription drugs increased beyond the power of many seniors to pay for them, both parties explored ways to help seniors pay for the drugs through existing Medicare coverage. The Republican plan relied heavily on private insurance companies to provide the coverage, and included a $33 monthly premium and a $250 annual deductible. Patients in the plan would be required to pay 20 percent of costs from $250 to $1,000, 50 percent of the costs from $1,000 to $2,000, and all costs from $2,000 to $3,700. All costs above $3,700 would be covered. Progressives did not support this Republican proposal because of its gaps in coverage and because it did not guarantee that insurance companies would step up to provide the service. They were joined by all but eight Democrats in opposing the bill, but it still passed 221-208.

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