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S. 843 (114th): Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015

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A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare.

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Sponsor and status

Sherrod Brown

Sponsor. Senator for Ohio. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015
Length: 7 pages
Mar 24, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 24, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


24 Cosponsors (20 Democrats, 4 Republicans)


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What legislators are saying

Brown Applauds MedPAC Recommendation to End Arbitrary Medicare Policy That Leaves Some Seniors to Pay for Needed Skilled Nursing Care
    — Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH] (Sponsor) on Jun 15, 2015

Capito Introduces Bill to End Arbitrary Medicare Policy that Leaves Seniors with Unfair Costs after Receiving Necessary Care
    — Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 24, 2015

Brown, Collins, Nelson, Capito Introduce Bill to End Arbitrary Medicare Policy that Leaves Seniors with Unfair Costs After Receiving Necessary Care
    — Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH] (Sponsor) on Mar 24, 2015

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Mar 24, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 843 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 843. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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