H.R. 2979 (98th): Medicare Reform Act of 1983

May 11, 1983 (98th Congress, 1983–1984)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sedgwick “Bill” Green
Representative for New York's 15th congressional district
Related Bills
H.R. 3677 (97th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 21, 1981

H.R. 4170 (Related)
Deficit Reduction Act of 1984

Signed by the President
Jul 18, 1984


This bill was introduced on May 11, 1983, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 11, 1983
Referred to Committee May 11, 1983
Full Title

A bill to provide increased benefits under the medicare program, and for other purposes.


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Medicare Reform Act of 1983 - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to eliminate prior hospitalization as a condition of eligibility for home health care services under part A (Hospital Insurance) of such title.
Eliminates confinement to home as a requirement for receiving home health care services under part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance) of such title.
Includes "periodic chore services" as a home health service.
Eliminates the deductible under part B. Provides coverage under part A for community mental health center services for up to:
(1) ten outpatient visits annually; and
(2) 60 partial hospitalization visits annually, if an individual has not exceeded the inpatient psychiatric hospital services limitations.
Defines such services and sets forth conditions of and limitations on payment for such services.
Authorizes payment under the Medicare program for:
(1) the cutting and removal of corns, warts, calluses, and trimming of club nails;
(2) eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures, and examinations for the purpose of prescribing such articles;
(3) immunizations;
(4) drugs and biologicals on a doctor's prescription (to the extent prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services);
(5) an annual routine physical; and
(6) orthopedic shoes or devices.
Provides for a semiannual update of the customary and prevailing charges used to determine the reasonable charges for medical services.

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