Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a plan to balance the budget without raising taxes. Many Kansans are concerned about what this plan would mean for their Medicare benefits. Congresswoman Jenkins released the following statement to address these concerns:
"I, like many Kansans, am concerned about the security of Medicare benefits. Let me be clear, I support the House Republican budget plan precisely because it protects Medicare. It strengthens Medicare, and not just for those in or near retirement, but also for future generations.
"Medicare is on track to bankruptcy in a little more than 10 years. If you plan to live past 2024, Medicare as you know it, will end. The plan I support saves retirees from an uncertain future by making zero changes for those seniors in or near retirement age--for those 55 and older. Starting in 2024, it would allow new retirees to choose the kind of coverage that best suits their needs. Just like the health insurance offered to federal employees and Members of Congress, there will be a large variety of plans to choose from, including traditional Medicare. Depending on your income, a portion of the cost will be paid for by the federal government. Those with little means will have no cost at all, and the very rich will receive no support from federal taxpayers. This is clearly not a voucher. Those who use the term "voucher" are either intentionally deceiving the American public, or do not know how the program would actually work."