H. R. 3696
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 7, 2015
Ms. Titus introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent Medicare part B premium and deductible increases for 2016.
This Act may be cited as the
Medicare Premium Fairness Act of 2015.
Preventing Medicare part B premium and deductible increases for 2016
Section 1839(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395r(a)) is amended—
in the second sentence of paragraph (1), by striking
Such and inserting
Subject to paragraph (5), such; and
by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
In applying this part (including subsection (i) and section 1833(b)), the monthly actuarial rate for enrollees age 65 and over for 2016 shall be equal to the monthly actuarial rate for such enrollees for 2015.
Section 1844(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w(a)) is amended—
in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; plus; and
by adding at the end the following:
a Government contribution equal to, as estimated by the Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the reduction in aggregate premiums payable for a month under this part that is attributable to the application of section 1839(a)(5) with respect to—
enrollees age 65 and over; and
enrollees under age 65.
In applying paragraph (1), the government contribution under paragraph (4) with respect to enrollees described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of such paragraph (4) shall be treated as premiums payable and deposited in the Trust Fund under subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively, of paragraph (1).