Medicare Coalition Members HIT Back
AUGUST 24, 2018
This summer advocates just like you in the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) banded together to stop the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). CMC members sent more than 4,000 emails to 459 members of Congress urging them to delay the tax and protect millions of Americans. Washington listened, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to delay the HIT on a bipartisan 242-176 vote.
“The Health Insurance Tax means higher premiums for seniors and higher costs for taxpayers. But suspending the tax will lower costs for millions,” CMC members wrote to their members of Congress.
The expensive and unnecessary HIT would make it harder for Americans – including the more than 20 million seniors with Medicare Advantage – to access insurance due to rising premiums. Every senior covered by Medicare Advantage would pay almost $300 more per year for health insurance, which is over $161 billion in taxes on seniors over 10 years.
However, because of a fantastic effort from CMC members to delay the HIT, the House of Representatives passed a provision to delay the bill for two years. It’s the longest-ever reprieve from the tax and will help millions of Americans afford health care coverage they can count on. Representatives Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Kristi Noem (R-SD), the bipartisan bill sponsors, had this to say:
“We must do everything we can to make health care affordable… The Health Insurance Tax raises costs on Arizona businesses and families, making it more difficult to access quality, affordable health care. We’re pushing past the Washington dysfunction to stop this harmful tax, and we’ll continue working to fix our broken health care system…” – Representative Sinema
“Families and small businesses in South Dakota can’t afford the expensive insurance fees passed down to them because of Obamacare’s Health Insurance Tax. Delaying the HIT is a commonsense fix that offers people immediate cost savings.” – Representative Noem
Medicare Advantage provides better care, better service, and better value to low-income seniors and those facing severe disabilities. The program allows access to a variety of benefits that are not covered by traditional Medicare. These benefits include drug coverage, vision, hearing, dental, fitness, mental health, and management of chronic illness and disease.
More than 20 million seniors and counting rely on Medicare Advantage and its benefits. This summer, the CMC sent a strong message to Washington: keep our health care affordable. And thanks to you, Congress listened.