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.”
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:
- Part of a nationwide movement building the critical mass needed to achieve national Improved Medicare for All / single-payer healthcare
- A chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program
- Affiliated with Healthcare-Now!
- A member of Health Over Profit
House Medicare for All Act of 2019, H.R.1384
- Full text of H.R. 1384
- Two-page summary of H.R. 1384 (PDF)
- Medicare for All Act of 2019 Section-by-Section summary (PDF)
- 'The Time for Medicare for All Has Come’: Jayapal Unveils Visionary Bill to Remake US Healthcare System
- PNHP endorses the Medicare for All Act of 2019
Senate Medicare for All Act of 2019, S.1129
- Full text of S.1129
- Summary of S. 1129 (PDF)
- Physicians for a National Health Program summary, suggestions for improvement, and links to additional resources
- Financing Medicare for All White Paper by Senator Sanders (PDF)
- Public Option: Myths and Facts (PDF)
- Single-Payer FAQ
- Medicare for All University, Medicare for All Basics
- Incrementalism as an Obstacle to Improved Medicare for All and How We Resist It
- The conservative case for single-payer
- Can a Single Payer Health System Work in the U.S.?, a debate between Michael Tanner, Cato Institute and Dr. Margaret Flowers, Health Over Profit, PNHP on C-Span National Journal
- 10 Questions About Healthcare, Answered, the Sanders Institute