March 17, 2021

Congressman Neguse, Vice Chair of Medicare for All Caucus, Champions Introduction of Medicare for All Act of 2021

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, who serves as Vice-Chair of the Medicare-for-All Caucus, joined Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and over 100 of his Democratic colleagues to unveil the Medicare for All Act of 2021. He released the following statement on the introduction: 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the difficulties of tethering healthcare to employment, as 27 million individuals have lost their health insurance because they lost their jobs. Even before the onset of COVID-19, millions of Americans were uninsured or underinsured, with hundreds of thousands going into medical bankruptcy each year. And in Colorado’s mountain communities, far too many continue to pay high premiums and deductibles as a result of too few providers. The Medicare for All Act of 2021 would extend Medicare coverage to families across our country, ensuring that everyone receives high-quality affordable health care with no out-of-pocket costs. We are in the midst of an unprecedented global public health and economic crisis, and it has made it even more clear that we need universal healthcare.” 

The Medicare for All Act improves and expands the overwhelmingly successful and popular Medicare program, so that every resident of the United States has guaranteed access to health care with comprehensive benefits. These benefits would be greatly improved from the existing traditional Medicare – adding dental, vision, prescription drugs, women’s reproductive health services, maternity and newborn care, long term services and supports and more. It would require no out-of-pocket costs for patients for any services, and it would simplify the health system and cut down on administrative costs, improve payment systems to hospitals and providers and reduce the cost of prescription drugs by allowing for negotiation of drug prices.