Medicare at 55 Act (PDF)

Submitted by Dr. Edilberto O. Pelausa and MSV 2nd District

WHEREAS, people in the 55-64 age group face unique health challenges and especially high health care costs, and

WHEREAS, the average person in this age group pays more than $1,200.00 in annual out-of-pocket costs and is at a greater risk of suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or arthritis and medical emergencies such as heart attack and stroke, and

WHEREAS, under the Medicare at 55 Act, an individual between the ages of 55 and 64 who buys into Medicare would receive the same benefits and protections as an individual enrolled under Medicare parts A, B, and D, be it therefore

RESOLVED, that the MSV instruct our AMA Delegation to recommend that the AMA support the “Medicare at 55 Act” introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich), allowing Americans aged 55-64 who are vulnerable to significant illness to buy into Medicare early and obtain better and less expensive health coverage compared to private insurers who could charge them three times or higher.

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