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H.R. 3178 (115th): Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

Medicare is the federal program that pays for covered health care services of qualified beneficiaries, which include individuals age 65 or older as well as those permanently disabled under the age of 65. In FY2017, the program will cover approximately 58 million people (49 million aged and 9 million disabled) at a total cost of $715 billion.

Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital services, skilled nursing care, hospice, and some health services. Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient services, and some home health and preventive services like clinical research, ambulatory, durable medical equipment, mental health, second opinions, and limited outpatient prescription drugs.

H.R. 3178 amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the delivery of home infusion therapy and dialysis as well as the application of the …

Sponsor and status

Kevin Brady

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 26, 2017
Length: 24 pages
Jul 11, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 1892: H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018; SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Honoring Hometown Heroes Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Feb 9, 2018. (compare text)

10 Cosponsors (6 Republicans, 4 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Smith Co-Sponsors, Votes Yes on Medicare Improvement
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 25, 2017

Passed: House Advances the Medicare Part B Improvement Act
    — Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi [R-OH12, 2001-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 25, 2017

Matsui Applauds Inclusion of IVIG Demo in House-Passed Medicare Part B Improvement Act
    — Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA7] on Jul 25, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 3178 will save $4 million through 2027.


Jul 11, 2017

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Jul 13, 2017
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Jul 25, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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Jul 25, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Ways and Means

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H.R. 3178 (115th) 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 H.R. 3178. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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