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Klobuchar, Franken, Paulsen Introduce Legislation to Help Minnesota Seniors in Fragile Health Receive Comprehensive Medicare Benefits

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen introduced legislation to help seniors in Minnesota receive comprehensive Medicare benefits. The Senior Medicare Fairness Act would ensure a "frailty" adjustment to certain Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota that provide comprehensive health care benefits for patients in very fragile health. Currently, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services only provides this adjustment for some plans -- leaving out other health plans with the very same Medicare beneficiaries. Klobuchar and Franken introduced their legislation in the Senate today while Paulsen introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

"Our seniors deserve the best health care available, no matter which Medicare plan they happen to have," Klobuchar said. "This legislation will help ensure that Minnesota seniors in the most fragile health get the quality, comprehensive care they need and deserve."

"When Minnesota's seniors get sick or injured, they need to know that Medicare will provide for their health care no matter which plan they subscribe to," said Sen. Franken. "This legislation would preserve access to care for seniors all over Minnesota and all over the country when they're at their most vulnerable."

"This initiative will ensure that thousands of our most vulnerable Minnesota seniors have the same access to the high quality care that other Medicare beneficiaries receive," said Representative Paulsen.

The Senior Medicare Fairness Act would help health plans provide more services to thousands of beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage plans located in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin. It would level the playing field between the health plans that received the frailty adjustment and those that did not, but that provide care to similar populations of frail individuals.

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