President Trump signed an executive order that directs HHS to take action to provide more insurance plan options under Medicare Advantage and to remove regulations that are burdensome to health care providers.

“This order is the latest step in my administration’s drive to ensure the world’s best health care for all Americans,” Trump said during the announcement. “Together, we’re creating a health care system that protects vulnerable patients, makes health care more affordable, gives you more choice and control, and delivers the high-quality care Americans deserve.”

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The announcement comes as a response to the proposed Medicare for All Act of 2019. The act, according to Congress’ website, would establish a national health insurance program under HHS that would prohibit cost-sharing and provide medical benefits including hospital services, prescription drugs, dental and vision services, and long-term care.

The executive order states that Medicare for All would be harmful to older adults in the United States and would eliminate health care choices for all Americans. 

President Trump signed an executive order that directs HHS to take action to provide more insurance plan options under Medicare Advantage and to remove regulations that are burdensome to health care providers.

The executive order seeks to “protect and improve” the Medicare program for seniors and calls for HHS to take action to create policies that will:

  • Provide more plan choices for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, including plans that allow for Medicare savings accounts and promote telehealth services;
  • Enable providers to spend more time with patients by removing regulatory burdens, including billing requirements, conditions to participate in the program and supervision requirements;
  • Shift Medicare reimbursement to be based on time spent with patients, rather than procedures

 

Morgan Pfeffer
Morgan Medicare Advisors

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