S. 236: Medicare Patient Empowerment Act

Introduced:
Feb 07, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
0% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Lisa Murkowski
Senior Senator from Alaska
Party
Republican
Text
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Last Updated
Feb 07, 2013
Length
8 pages
Related Bills
S. 1042 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 23, 2011

H.R. 2300 (Related)
Empowering Patients First Act of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 06, 2013

 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 7, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced Feb 07, 2013
Referred to Committee Feb 07, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

0% chance of getting past committee.
0% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare payment option for patients and physicians or practitioners to freely contract, without penalty, for Medicare fee-for-service items and services, while allowing Medicare beneficiaries to use their Medicare benefits.

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Cosponsors
4 cosponsors (4R) (show)
Committees

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Library of Congress Summary

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2/7/2013--Introduced.
Medicare Patient Empowerment Act - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to allow any Medicare beneficiary to enter into a contract with a non-participating (as well as with a participating) physician or practitioner for any item or service covered by Medicare. Allows such beneficiaries to submit a claim for Medicare payment in the amount that would otherwise apply if the claim had been filed by a participating physician or practitioner in the payment area where the physician or practitioner covered by the contract resides.
Requires a Medicare beneficiary to agree in writing in such a contract to: (1) pay the physician or practitioner for a Medicare-covered item or service; and (2) submit (in lieu of the physician or practitioner) a claim for Medicare payment. Allows a beneficiary, however, to negotiate, as a term of the contract, for the physician or practitioner to file such claims on the beneficiary's behalf.
Preempts state laws from limiting the amount of charges for physician and practitioner services for which Medicare payment is made.

House Republican Conference Summary

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