Rush Votes YES in Support of Continued Funding for Medicare and Children Services
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on passage of critical federal funding for Medicare and children services:
“Today, the House considered H.R. 2, the Bipartisan Permanent Medicare sustainable growth-rate (SGR) Fix & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Package. I voted YES on this bipartisan initiative, which represents bold progress for our country. At long last, we have permanently replaced the broken SGR formula and will now transition Medicare away from a volume-based system and toward one that rewards value, ensures the accuracy of payments and improves the quality of care.
“The package will provide a level of certainty for our low income seniors and their doctors that has eluded them every year for the last two decades, rooted within this broken SGR formula, which has now been eliminated. This continued uncertainty for seniors and their doctors undermined Medicare and created a lack of confidence. This bill puts those problems behind us. Another key priority that has been included in this bill is a provision increasing the quality of care for many older Americans, by providing additional funding that helps low-income seniors pay their Part B premiums. This initiative provides critical support to many low-income seniors.
“The bill also contains numerous other key priorities, benefiting America’s children. The bill secures the health of low-income children with a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at the same rates as the Affordable Care Act. Including the CHIP extension as part of the SGR/health extenders package will keep millions of children from losing access to health care and will reassure families that their children will get the care they need when they need it. The bill also expands funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs) by $7.2 billion for two years, and extends funding for the National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Centers for two more years, providing $620 million for the National Health Service Corps and $120 million for Teaching Health Centers.
“I am proud to join my colleagues in supporting the bipartisan Permanent SGR Fix & CHIP Reauthorization Package that overall contains numerous provisions that will move the country forward and provide needed health security for seniors, children, and families.”