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Healthcare group backs Kim Medicare program

Bill expands financial assistance for seniors

By Nikita Biryukov, October 28 2019 10:45 am

A non-partisan healthcare consumer advocacy group backed Rep. Andy Kim’s senior healthcare bill Monday.

Families USA is supporting the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, which would allow more seniors to qualify for the Medicare Savings Program based on income.

“Medicare savings programs are essential for America’s low- and moderate-income seniors to benefit from Medicare,” said Stan Dorn, Director of Family USA’s National Center for Coverage Innovation. “Denied access to these programs, millions of people who were promised retirement with dignity must instead choose between seeking necessary health care and paying utility bills.  Extending this vital assistance to more low-income elders would safeguard their financial security and their access to essential, even life-saving medical services.”

The savings program provides financial assistance for Medicare premiums, copayments and prescription purchases, among other healthcare costs.

Per Census figures, 6.8 million seniors are currently eligible for the program. The new bill would add allow another 4.6 million to qualify.

“Lowering the cost of health care for seniors is a top priority for me and people in Burlington and Ocean Counties,” Kim said. “I want to thank the Families USA for their support of this critical legislation. I look forward to working with my colleagues and community groups across the country to get the job done for seniors and help make a real impact in their lives.”

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