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H.R. 4952 (115th): Improving Seniors Access to Quality Benefits Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 17, 2018 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 644

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4952

[Report No. 115–832, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Kind) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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

July 17, 2018

Additional sponsors: Mr. Blumenauer and Mr. Guthrie

July 17, 2018

Reported from the Committee on Ways and Means with an amendment

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

July 17, 2018

Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on February 6, 2018


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and submit a report on the effects of the inclusion of quality increases in the determination of blended benchmark amounts under part C of the Medicare program.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Seniors Access to Quality Benefits Act.

2.

Determination of blended benchmark amount study

(a)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that the inclusion of quality increases in the determination of blended benchmark amounts under section 1853(n)(4) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–23(n)(4)) undermines the goal of delivering high-quality care under the Medicare program under title XVIII of such Act.

(b)

Study and report

Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, shall conduct a study and submit to Congress a report on the effects of the inclusion of quality percentage increases under section 1853(n)(5) of such Act in the determination of blended benchmark amounts under section 1853(n)(4) of such Act. Such study and report shall include an analysis of the following:

(1)

The authority of the Secretary to remove such increases from the determination of such amounts.

(2)

The effects of including such increases in the determination of such amounts on Medicare Advantage organizations (including the effects on any contracts entered into by such organizations).

(3)

The financial impact of including such increases in the determination of such amounts by county.

(4)

The effects of including such increases in the determination of such amounts on individuals enrolled in a plan under part C of title XVIII of such Act.

July 17, 2018

Reported from the Committee on Ways and Means with an amendment

July 17, 2018

Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed