Advocating for H.R. 1384 and S. 1129 — National Improved Medicare for All

What would "Improved Medicare for All" mean for you?

What is National Improved Medicare for All/Single-Payer?

How Would National Improved Medicare for All / Single-Payer Work?

  • A single-payer healthcare system would provide comprehensive healthcare for everyone from birth to death.
  • If you change jobs, lose your job, start a business, or get divorced—your benefits would stay the same.
  • You would be able to keep your doctors/practitioners because there would be no networks to be in or out of.
  • You would not need to delay or avoid seeing a doctor because of out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Healthcare would be publicly funded in the same way we pool our taxes to pay for police, fire protection, education, roads, public parks, and the military—regardless of how much we use these public services. Everyone would be in one risk pool.
  • You would no longer pay premiums, co-payments, or deductibles to private health insurance companies that put profit over medical needs. (Private insurance would only be for non-medically necessary care, such as cosmetic surgery.)
  • Our healthcare dollars would be spent on healthcare, decided by you and your doctor, not on health insurance with its wasteful and unnecessary administrative costs, the goal of which is denial of care.
  • Two different (but somewhat similar) bills in the U.S. Congress would establish Medicare for All: H.R. 1384, the Medicare For All Act of 2019 in the House, and S. 1129, the Medicare for All Act of 2019 in the Senate.

H.R. 1384 — Medicare for All Act of 2019

Currently with more than 107 cosponsors in the House.

  • Everyone is covered from birth to death.
  • All medically necessary care is covered, including preventive care, office visits, reproductive care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, surgery, vision, dental, hearing, mental health, emergency, labs, diagnostic procedures, prescriptions, and long-term care for all U.S. residents.
  • There are no premiums, copays, or deductibles.
  • Patients choose any practitioner and hospital. There will be no networks to be “out of.”

Additional details available from Physicians for a National Health Program.

See Reference Materials for additional information about the bills.

S. 1129 — Medicare for All Act of 2019

Currently with more than 13 cosponsors in the Senate.

  • Everyone is automatically covered at birth. After a four-year phase-in period, the law will cover everyone from birth to death.
  • All medically necessary care is covered — including preventive care, office visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, surgery, vision, dental, hearing, mental health, emergency, labs, diagnostic procedures, home and community-based long-term care services, and prescriptions, with some copays for brand name drugs. Institutional long-term care will continue under Medicaid.
  • After a 4-year phase-in, there are no premiums, copays, or deductibles.
  • The average family will save thousands of dollars a year.
  • Patients choose any practitioner and hospital. There are no networks to be “out of.” The only practitioners or facilities not in the plan are those who opt out of the system to cater to self-pay patients. Those physicians or facilities are barred from participating in Medicare for All.

Who is EPSPAN?

Our vision: Universal Healthcare in the form of national improved Medicare for all, single-payer healthcare. Work with us to pass H.R. 1384 and S. 1129. EPSPAN members include healthcare providers and non-medical people in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. We have been working together since 2008. EPSPAN is:

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Local Online Forum Sept 21

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National Improved Medicare for All? Free Market? Public Option? The American Conversation Series: Healthcare — An Issue of Our Time from the Stubblefield Institute. Details here. Be sure to register and submit your questions ahead of time. September 21, 6:30–8:00pm via Zoom and Facebook Live
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