The House today, via a voice vote, approved H.R. 6662 “Empowering Seniors’ Enrollment Decision Act of 2018” which was authored by Minnesota’s Third District Congressman Erik Paulsen.
It’s a great sounding bill … “Empowering” to allow seniors to make their own decisions.
Too bad, Congressman Paulsen doesn’t accept the blame for why seniors will have to make this decision.
As previously discussed on the MN Political Roundtable (on July 18th), Paulsen-backed H.R.2 – Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 provides for many Medicare Cost Plans to end in 2019.
That commentary noted that seven of the Minnesota delegation wrote to the Trump Administration expressing their concerns of the end of many of these Medicare Cost Plans.
The letter was signed by Tim Walz (DFL-MN-01), Jason Lewis (GOP-MN-02), Betty McCollum (DFL-MN-04), Keith Ellison (DFL-MN-05), Tom Emmer (GOP-MN-06), Collin Peterson (DFL-MN-07) and Rick Nolan (DFL-MN-08).
Yep … a bipartisan letter … with only one missing member … “Representative” Erik Paulsen (PaulsenDonors-MN-03).
That commentary also mentioned a bill that was offered to address this problem … H.R.6341 – Protect Medicare for Seniors Act of 2018. That bill was assigned to Congressman Paulsen’s Ways and Means Committee where it has been ignored.
Instead of ensuring that 437,693 seniors will not lose their coverage, Congressman Paulsen has offered affected seniors with a special enrollment period (SEP) from December 8 to February 28 to sign-up for some other policy — most likely a Medicare Advantage policy offered by one of #PaulsenDonors.
Paulsen’s bill was offered during the August recess and quickly passed via his Ways and Means Committee on September 5 and voted on today. There is no companion bill in the Senate, so the clock is ticking.
Seniors should be alarmed at Congressman Paulsen’s creating and ignoring the problem … but let us remember that he may be elected to represent Minnesota’s Third District, but based on this, he is truly representing healthcare insurance industry.
The hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who will lose their Medicare Cost Plans don’t want more time to pick something else, they want their current policies.
Ya gotta really ask yourself, why did seven other Members want action, but “Representative” Paulsen seems to be content with giving more time for seniors to buy a policy pushed by one of his donors.