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Walsh Sponsors Medicare Protection Act to Secure Health Services for Montanans

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Senator John Walsh today cosponsored the Medicare Protection Act to ensure that Montana seniors receive the health benefits they have earned. Medicare serves 200,000 Montanans and is essential to supporting rural hospitals.

"Our seniors invested in Medicare with the expectation that it would be available in retirement, and we must protect the program and the vital services it provides," said Sen. Walsh. "Our work to balance the budget cannot come at the expense of commitments made to America's seniors, especially when they have held up their end of the bargain."

The Medicare Protection Act will:

· Ensure that the eligibility age under the Medicare program of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act will not be raised

· Prohibit the Medicare program from being privatized or turned into a voucher system

· Prevent Senators from using the reconciliation process to include any provisions that would reduce or eliminate Medicare benefits or restrict eligibility requirements by deeming them extraneous and improper

The Medicare Protection Act was introduced to counteract the Ryan Budget plan that seeks to replace Medicare's guaranteed health care benefits with a voucher system and force persons with disabilities to seek their own care through private plans.

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