THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT-HON. ERIC CANTOR (Extensions of Remarks - March 03, 2004)
HON. ERIC CANTOR
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2004
Mr. CANTOR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act, which was signed into law in December by the President.
I spent a lot of time in the district explaining the new law to my seniors. They were excited to learn that this bill is about choices. It gives them the freedom to finally make choices that better fit their own needs.
Medicare once was an outdated, one size fits all program. Well, we know that not every senior is the same. Through this legislation, seniors now have a much better Medicare with lots of options. And if they like what they have now, they can keep it. But if they want to enhance their Medicare coverage, they have that choice.
Some examples of the choices seniors will have include the option of a free welcome to Medicare physical, diabetes screening, heart disease screening, and disease management programs. These options will enhance the health of our nation's seniors.
This law not only gives seniors better access to health care and prescription drugs, it puts seniors back in the driver seat when it comes to their health care.