Congressman Kevin Yoder announced he is cosponsoring five bills that will strengthen and improve the healthcare delivery system. The legislation covers several important topics relating to providing quality healthcare services; including ensuring seniors have adequate access to Medicare, making sure medical costs remain lower by repealing the medical device excise tax on manufacturers, reauthorizing and improving mental health research and services, and reforming IRS tax code to provide flexibility with health savings accounts.
"We need to continue our efforts to ensure healthcare services are affordable and accessible. Improving how we offer care to Americans in need is an ongoing process, and I'm proud to support these bills that address very specific and targeted areas in our healthcare system. Medical services and products should be affordable for those who need them, and manufacturers and providers should be able to keep their expenses low -- this combination will go a long way to increase access," Congressman Yoder stated. "There is much work to be done to improve the quality of care available in our healthcare system, and to keep medical decisions between patients and their families, and the doctors and providers offering services."
Congressman Yoder has signed on to cosponsor the bills below.
H.R. 351 -- The Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2013. This legislation repeals certain sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that relates to the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
H.R. 523 -- The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013. This bill repeals the excise tax on medical device manufactures, raising costs on purchasing medical devices.
H.R. 401 -- The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013. This bill reauthorizes and improves the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004.
H.R. 763 -- This legislation repeals the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
H.R. 207 -- Amending the Internal Revenue Code, to treat membership in a tax-exempt health care sharing ministry as coverage under a high deductible health plan for the purposes of the tax deduction for contributions to a health savings account.