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Issue Position: Medicare

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Medicare is the federal health insurance program for the elderly and the disabled, providing health coverage to more than 270,000 Utahns statewide. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of all people on Medicare (47%) live on incomes below 200% of poverty and more than one-fourth of all beneficiaries have a cognitive/mental impairment. Medicare has four parts: Part A, which covers inpatient services such as hospital and skilled nursing facility stays; Part B, which covers outpatient services like physician visits and preventive services; Part C, the Medicare Advantage Program; and Part D, the Prescription Drug Benefit. While the program is vitally important to seniors, its excessive growth in costs is one of the main contributors to our nation's long term debt challenge. Congressman Matheson believes we must work in a bipartisan way to continue this program by increasing efficiency and removing perverse incentives in the program as well as lowering the long-term cost trajectory that inhibits the long term sustainability of this program.


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