• September 3, 2021

Colorado Democrats push to lower Medicare age to 60

(Clockwise from top left): Diana DeGette, Joe Neguse, Ed Perlmutter, and Jason Crow

All Four Democratic Members of Congress from Colorado – Reps. Diana DeGette, Joe neguse, Jason raven, and Ed perlmutter – have signed legislation that seeks to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 60 years.

As CNN reports:

This legislation comes as Democrats are working to expand Medicare benefits through their multi-million dollar spending proposal that is used to fulfill much of President Joe Biden’s national agenda. Legislators are introducing this legislation in the hope that it will be included in the final reconciliation package

… Lowering the eligibility age from 65 to 60 is very popular in the Democratic caucus, with 70% pledging to support the measure earlier this year. It’s even a priority that Biden himself has asked for. Lowering the age of eligibility by five years would expand Medicare to at least 23 million people, according to co-sponsors of the legislation.

In addition to trying to include a lower Medicare eligibility age in the reconciliation package, Democrats also want to use the voting maneuver, which allows them to pass legislation without relying on Republican votes, to also include a historic Medicare expansion. for cover hearing, dental and vision care for the first time.

Survey data shows that lowering the age to qualify for Medicare and expanding the program to cover hearing, dental and vision care are both widely popular ideas.

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