July 14, 2021

Neguse-Led Push for Medicare Expansion Included in Budget Reconciliation Deal

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democrats announced late last night that a proposal to expand Medicare, led by Congressman Joe Neguse, Pramila Jayapal, Conor Lamb and Jared Golden, will be included in the American Families Plan. 

Earlier this year, Congressman Neguse built a coalition of over 70% of the House Democratic Caucus in calling for Medicare expansion to be included in the plan. His proposal called for lowering the eligibility age of Medicare, improving benefits to include dental, vision, hearing and an out-of-pocket cap and empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices to help pay for the expanded program. 

“Expanding Medicare will provide much-needed care to our nation’s seniors, ensuring that more Americans can afford the health care they need. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, this proposal is more important than ever to invest in American families and expand affordable health care,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “We were pleased to build a coalition of over 70% of the House Democratic Caucus backing our proposal to expand Medicare benefits to include dental, vision and hearing, and we’re excited to see this proposal included in the American Families Plan, as outlined by Senate Democrats last night.” 

In April, Congressman Neguse, Jayapal, Lamb and Golden led over 80 lawmakers in calling for an expansion of Medicare in the American Families Plan. Since the initial request to the Administration, they have built increased support for the proposal,with over 156 Democrats supporting the plan. 

The $3.5 trillion agreement reached by Senate Democrats late Tuesday night would expand Medicare, and fund climate-change initiatives, both items Congressman Neguse has been pushing to see adopted.