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House Unanimously Passes Kelly Bill to Improve Medicare Advantage Transparency
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives this evening in support of H.R. 2505, the Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act, which he introduced on May 21, 2015, and which was subsequently passed with unanimous support. The legislation will improve Medicare Advantage transparency by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an annual report on the program's enrollment data to Congress, and is co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). The bill was considered as part of a series of legislation to strengthen Medicare Advantage and make commonsense reforms to the nation’s health care system. Tomorrow the House will consider The Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 160) and The Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1190), among others, which Rep. Kelly strongly supports.
Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech in support of H.R. 2505:
“Congress and the Obama administration ought to be fostering a culture of openness and transparency when legislating and making decisions here in Washington. That is what this legislation is all about: providing more transparency to the American people about their health care, specifically Medicare Advantage coverage. … With the passage of H.R. 2505, the [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] will be required to provide additional information on Medicare Advantage enrollment based on zip code, congressional district, and state. … The purpose of this additional data is to provide greater information to the public, to policymakers, and to the healthcare community so they may have the benefit of more and better information when making decisions.”
Statement by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI):
“As we work to increase transparency and efficiency in programs like Medicare Advantage we need the most up-to-date information on enrollment. This legislation increases transparency and ensures Congress is provided the most accurate and comprehensive information to guide their decision making. Thank you to Rep. Kelly for his dedication to making this program more transparent and efficient.”
Statement by Rep. Kelly in support of H.R. 160 (to repeal Obamacare’s medical device tax) and H.R. 1190 (to repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board), which will be considered by the House tomorrow (6/18/15):
“The medical device tax is a severely unfair, unwise, and unpopular attack on American manufacturers and importers of life-saving products. This senseless provision in Obamacare is killing jobs, hurting workers’ paychecks, and putting American patients at risk. It should be stopped in its tracks and permanently repealed. H.R. 160 will finally do this.
“One of the most ominous components of Obamacare has always been the creation of a new government control panel known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Obamacare’s creators seem to think that 15 unelected and unaccountable Washington bureaucrats deserve the power to decide personal medical choices for seniors. I believe that no government acronym, bureaucrat, or board can ever substitute for the good judgment of a chosen family doctor. H.R. 1190 will put a stop to this reckless government intrusion.”