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Key Votes

S 1 - Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Edward Kennedy, Sr. voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (76-21) - (Key vote)

Title: Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would add prescription drug benefits to Medicare.

Highlights:
  • Participants would pay a $275 yearly minimum deductible, and a $35 average monthly premium.
  • From $276 - $4,500, participants would be responsible for 50% of drug cost.
  • There will be no coverage after $4,500, until the participant has spent $3,700 of their own money. After this mark is reached the Federal Government will cover 90% of drug cost, with the participant covering the remaining 10%.
  • Program would be available to those who stay in Medicare programs as well as those who choose partially funded, private health plan providers.
  • Note: This bill was incorporated by the Senate in HR 1 as an amendment.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill

Sponsors

  • William H. 'Bill' Frist (TN - R) (Out Of Office)

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