Key Votes

HR 4680 - Medicare Rx bill - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Mark Sanford, Jr. voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Placed on Calendar (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (217-214) - (Key vote)

Title: Medicare Rx bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would establish the Medicare Benefits Administration (MBA) to provide Medicare recipients with a voluntary prescription drug plan.

Highlights:
  • Estimates by the Congressional Budget Office would place the cost of this bill at $40 billion over the five year period from 2001-2005, and $159 billion from 2001-2010.
  • Allows private insurance companies subsidized by the federal government to provide medical coverage.
  • Grants free prescription drug coverage to individuals with an income below 135% of the federal poverty level; those in the 135%-150% bracket would receive subsidies based on a sliding scale.
  • In 2003, the first year of the plan, most beneficiaries would be responsible for an average of $34-$40 in monthly premiums, and an annual deductible of $250. For prescription cost from $250-$2,350 the beneficiary would be responsible for 50%. Cost over $2,350 would be the responsibility of the beneficiary until their total out of pocket cost reached $6,000. After $6,000 the insurer and federal government would be responsible for all cost.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Medicare Rx bill

Sponsors

  • William M. 'Bill' Thomas (CA - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Thomas J. 'Tom' Bliley Jr. (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard M. Burr (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Steven T. Kuykendall (CA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Matthew G. 'Marty' Martinez (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James E. Rogan (CA - R) (Out Of Office)